How the War on Marijuana is a War on People of Color – Bird + Stone

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How the War on Marijuana is a War on People of Color

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It's 4/20. Let's unpack justice with marijuana legalization.

People of color have historically been criminalized for possession of marijuana or other cannabis related crimes, yet they own less than 1% of the cannabis industry. 

Here's some stats and facts:

We must legalize marijuana and we must do it right. We must be fiercely inclusive of communities that have been criminalized for marijuana related crimes in the cannabis industry. 

We must actively break down barriers of entry for minority small entrepreneurial cannabusinesses rather than letting large multistate operators (largely run and owned by white men) take over the industry. 

Cannabis legalization without inclusion of POC communities in the industry and reparations for the harm done leaves communities that have been the primary targets of the war on drugs behind.

Legalization is a win, but we can't stop there. Check out 4 female-founded, Black-owned cannabusinesses to know


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