DCCTA is a coalition of legally licensed cannabis businesses, ancillary businesses, medical professionals and trade associations working together to promote the medical cannabis industry and educate the public on how to access safe, legal, tested and locally grown cannabis
Who We Are
Medical cannabis in the District of Columbia, legalized by the passage of the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010, allows DC residents to be prescribed, purchase, possess, and use cannabis.
What We Stand For
The DC Cannabis Trade Association was built on the concept of collaborating on common interests, lobbying local and federal governments and educating consumers. We strive to increase access to cannabis while improving social equity and educating consumers.
As Chair of the DC Cannabis Trade Association, Linda Mercado Greene oversees daily operations and helps set the agenda for the DCCTA membership. She is also the Co. Founder, Board Chair, and Owner/CEO of Anacostia Organics, a minority woman-owned medical cannabis dispensary in the District of Columbia, and the Host of “The Cannabis Conversations Podcast with Linda Mercado Greene”, the only DC government-funded cannabis programming. Linda has always utilized her personal political relationships to forward the progress of diversity and inclusion legislation, decriminalization, policy development, banking, and record expungements in cannabis.
Linda is committed to increasing social equity in the cannabis industry and continuing to give back to her community. She made a commitment to hiring DC residents with the majority from her own community of Ward 8. Linda was successful in having the city change background check rules so that individuals with cannabis-related citations or incarceration are
not unfairly disadvantaged during the hiring process Linda’s primary mission when entering the cannabis industry was to become D.C.’s first Black woman licensee as a cannabis cultivator – a grower – and hired a real estate broker to find warehouse space. But the only warehouses available were in Ward 5, where there was a strict moratorium on any more cannabis businesses at the time. So, the 20 year resident of Historic Anacostia switched gears, sought a license to open a dispensary in her own neighborhood and went on to become the first medical cannabis dispensary to operate East of the River instead
Linda is also the Founder and CEO of The Linda Greene Group, a nationally and internationally renowned full-service public relations company located in Washington, DC established in 1989. She is a speaker at the top cannabis conferences in the U.S., interviewed and profiled by major media outlets to include ABC News/Live, CNN, C-Span, Forbes Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, Big Buds Magazine, Cannabis Business Executive, MJBiz Magazine, and Hemp Connoisseur. Amongst her many honors are MEA Magazines “50 Women of Influence and Power”, a DC Council Recognition Resolution, and one of the top 100 people to watch by Hemp Connoisseur Magazine.