New push for racial equality for Black entrepreneurs in the marijuana trade – theGrio

  • Black entrepreneurs who say people of color are being shut out of the lucrative marijuana trade are joining forces to close the gap.
  • In Massachusetts, black people were 3.3 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession in 2014 – two years before legalization – despite using the drug at similar rates, RACE said in a statement.
  • ” On the municipal level, this is not unlike the Jim Crow laws or civil rights struggles of the past, whereby higher-level mandates for equity are being intentionally or irresponsibly ignored on the local level,” Harding said.
  • RACE said discrimination persists even though the Massachusetts ballot initiative included mandates aimed at promoting equity for people of color who were disproportionately prosecuted, criminalized and incarcerated during marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs.

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