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Minority Cannabis Business Association

MCBA Releases Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance for Nationwide Adoption

By | Editors' Choice

Portland OR, March 11th – Members of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) unveiled their latest model policy recommendation to lawmakers and cannabis regulators, this time releasing a Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance to be adopted by local governments throughout the country. The Model Ordinance was drafted by a team of attorneys and drug policy reform advocates from MCBA, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez Slams The ‘Racial Injustice’ Of The Cannabis Business As White Men Profit

By | News & Current Affairs, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

The New York congresswoman suggests “affirmative-action licensing” to mitigate the “racial wealth gap” in areas that paid the price of the war on drugs. By Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) earned praise from “drug justice” advocates after criticizing a growing marijuana legalization and business model that is paving the way for white male investors to reap major profits after minorities spent decades in prisons for selling pot….

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris calls for marijuana legalization: ‘I think it gives a lot of people joy’

By | News & Current Affairs

By Katie Galioto, Politico — Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana at a federal level in a Monday morning interview, making her the latest 2020 contender to weigh in on an issue that has become front-and-center as the presidential campaign season begins. “Half my family’s from Jamaica,” the California Democrat said, laughing when asked to respond to those who think she’s opposed to legalizing recreational use of…

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BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27: Baltimore Police officers arrest a man near Mowdamin Mall, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The funeral service for Freddie Gray, who died last week while in Baltimore Police custody, was held on Monday morning.

Even after decriminalization, nearly all of the people arrested for marijuana in Baltimore are black

By | News & Current Affairs

There is a reason why the Baltimore Police Department was investigated by the Justice Department after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. By Kelly Macias, Daily Kos — In 2014, when the state of Maryland voted to decriminalize the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, advocates said that it would help to reduce racial bias and systemic racism against black people. Even though data shows that blacks and whites use…

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Pan Africanism, Marijuana Policy, Gentrification — December 3rd Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By | Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio | No Comments

Topics: The 60th Anniversary of the All African People’s Conference, Ghana • The Marijuana Justice, Equity and Reinvestment Conference • Anti-Gentrification Campaign in Atlanta. Guests: Mwalimu K-Q Amsata (Coord., North American Pan African Federalist Congress, Flagler, FL), Kassandra Frederique (State Policy Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY) and Kamau Franklin (Founder, Community Movement Builders, Atlanta, GA)

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Marijuana, Cannibus, Marijuana Reform

More Americans Than Ever Want Marijuana Legalized. Lawmakers Should Listen.

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Nearly two-thirds of Americans want cannabis to be legal — but marijuana arrests are going up, not down. By Paul Armentano, Otherwords — Over 60 percent of Americans — including majorities of Republicans, independents, and Democrats — believe that the adult use of marijuana ought to be legal. And an estimated 20 percent of Americans now live in a state where cannabis use by those over the age of 21 is permitted.…

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NJCI - The state Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations committee receives testimony in regards to cannabis legalization at the Statehouse Annex Committee Room in Trenton on March 05, 2018.

Black community leader: Legalizing weed should come with reparations to people of color

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The state Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations committee receives testimony in regards to cannabis legalization at the Statehouse Annex Committee Room in Trenton on March 05, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Pais, For NJ Advance Media. By Charles F. Boyer, NJ.com — Marijuana prohibition in New Jersey has been enforced by race and socio-economic status. African Americans are three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites even though…

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Marijuana Leaf

Marijuana Production in the Caribbean: Just Say Yes

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Rebecca Theodore — The clarion call of ‘just say no’ for the juvenile drug prevention movement of the 1980s is no more. Despite a widely publicized international drug abuse resistance education program, that partially found its way into many schools in the Caribbean, the program did little or nothing to combat substance abuse use in youths. It is bizarre how an over exaggerated one-dimensional three word mantra ignited panic…

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Marijuana production and sustainable development in the Caribbean: Is it feasible?

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By Rebecca Theodore — Given the United Nations sustainable development goals universal call to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity; the question becomes, whether this ambitious goal in achieving the overarching objective of wellbeing for all, can be found in marijuana production for the people of the Caribbean? More significantly, can marijuana production in the Caribbean as a means of sustainable development,…

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