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Cannabis industry could be ‘a form of reparations’ says Cynthia Nixon

[To begin with] racial equity in the cannabis industry has been a problem in states that have legalized the drug … “Arresting people – particularly people of color – for cannabis is the crown jewel in the racist war on drugs and we must pluck it down,” she said. “We must expunge people’s records; we must get people out of prison.” -Cynthia Nixon

Oakland, Calif. made history when it launched an equity program aimed at remedying drug-war injustices. Instead of banning people with drug convictions from the industry, the city created a program that gave those with pot convictions first dibs on a marijuana business license … Colorado banned those with marijuana felonies from working in the newly legal industry in an effort to show the federal government that they were complying with the Cole memo. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have rescinded the Cole memo in January, but those with a marijuana conviction are still out of luck.

Original Article (Forbes):
Cannabis industry could be ‘a form of reparations’ says Cynthia Nixon
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