Not all weed users made equal: a dive into the racial past and present of marijuana
As Washington was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, there was this necessity to keep it “clean” and legitimate.
“Washington state purposely excluded folks with criminal records, which disproportionately impacted folks in the medical [marijuana] community, because a lot of them had felony convictions for transporting and selling medicinal products,” [Michele] Cadigan said. “And of course, people of color, who were definitely disproportionately criminalized by cannabis-related offenses. So they were virtually locked out … [and] off the payroll.”