The history of cannabis in America is deeply intertwined with that of Black Americans. From the demonization and prohibition of the plant in the early part of the 20th century to Richard Nixon’s war on drugs and President Reagan’s expansion of that war, racism against Black people has been at the forefront of marijuana’s legacy. Weed is now legal in many places but Black Americans are still more than three times more likely to be arrested for a non-violent cannabis crime than White Americans. We’re looking at the present and future of equity in weed culture with David Downs. He’s a Senior Editor at Leafly.
KCRW: Just last week, the Fresno City Council voted to set up an equity fund. Several other cities around California including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland have done the same…what exactly do these types of equity funds do to address diversity? How have they affected Black Californians?
Published: February 05, 2021
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News