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Is Race Tainting the Emerging Cannabis Economy?

The emerging cannabis industry needs expertise, the kind that may carry a criminal conviction.  There’s more:


For most jobs, experience will help you get ahead. In the marijuana industry, it’s not that simple. Yes, investors and state governments are eager to hire and license people with expertise in how to cultivate, cure, trim, and process cannabis. But it can’t be someone who got caught. Which for the most part means it can’t be someone who is black.

Even though research shows people of all races are about equally likely to have broken the law by growing, smoking, or selling marijuana, black people are much more likely to have been arrested for it. Black people are much more likely to have ended up with a criminal record because of it. And every state that has legalized medical or recreational marijuana bans people with drug felonies from working at, owning, investing in, or sitting on the board of a cannabis business. After having borne the brunt of the “war on drugs,” black Americans are now largely missing out on the economic opportunities created by legalization.

This FULL ARTICLE is worth your time to read.

Your thoughts on addressing this situation are encouraged.


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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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