Let’s be honest, the Black community has been hit hard by the FAILED war on drugs. Some of the problematic consequences of the war on drugs continue to impact people of color today. Though research shows that Black and white people consume cannabis at similar rates, it’s Black people who continue to be harassed and arrested at higher rates than whites for their use of the same plant.
Yes, we’ve had some promising bills put forth, but there have been quite a few mishaps along the way. While it’s great the farm bill has passed, marijuana is still classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug, alongside heroin and LSD. This classification aids in the many Black and brown folks still being locked up while the industry continues to grow more lucrative and mainstream by the day.
Let’s not despair, however, as there are cannabis activists supporting and fighting on behalf of minority ganjapreneurs. Whether you’re looking to come up from under the illicit market, open a dispensary, grow marijuana at home, or simply find out where and how you fit into this industry, there is help out here.
We’ve compiled a list of Black cannabis activists you should know. These activists work tirelessly with their local communities and state legislatures to intentionally and strategically create and enforce marijuana policy and a cultural reform that is diverse, inclusive and equitable.
Here are some of the Who’s Who in #BlackCannabis currently shaking the table!
Published: April 24, 2019
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News