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World-Class Sprinter Sha’Carrie Richardson Is The Latest Casualty Of Decades Of Racist Application Of Marijuana Policies
July 15, 2021
“… ‘the rules are the rules.’ Yet, rules aren’t inherently neutral — more likely than not, rules are an extension of a status quo of racism, ... read more »
Experts Say It’s Rare that a ‘Jury of your Peers’ Applies to African Americans
June 3, 2021
“When a juror is unable to relate to a person accused of a crime, the defendant is more likely to face stiffer penalties, up to and including life in prison,” said Charlotte, N.C.-based Attorney Darlene Harris, who after trying a recent murder trial, spoke to a White male juror who shared that a lot of the jurors could not understand the African American defendant. ... read more »
California Cannabis Equity Program Provides Another $15 Million in Funding, continuing Senator Bradford’s Work on Cannabis Equity
March 17, 2021
SACRAMENTO – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), in partnership with the Bureau of Cannabis Control, today announced a $15 million grant award through the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions. ... read more »
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Somewhere, Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson and JR Smith are Celebrating Federal Bill to Legalize Marijuana
December 10, 2020
Somewhere in in the world — California, Nevada, or beyond — Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson, J.R. Smith, and millions of other Americans are smiling. They might even be enjoying a puff and “passing it around.” ... read more »
Biden-Harris Administration Tasked with Dismantling America’s History of Hate
November 26, 2020
Even now, Trump and his campaign have specifically sought to have officials toss out all votes cast in heavily African American populated cities like Atlanta, Detroit, and Milwaukee. It is a tactic used since, during, and after Reconstruction: disenfranchise Blacks and the poor. ... read more »
California to Turn Juvenile Prisons Into ‘Campus-Style’ Learning and Rehab Centers
January 17, 2020
From fighting the state’s homelessness crisis to supporting low-performing schools and cutting taxes on small businesses, Gov. Gavin Newsom made a number of bold proposals in his budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. ... read more »
As Opioid Crisis Hits Home, Black Media Outlets Step Up to Get Word Out
January 3, 2020
By the late 1970s, drug traffickers were shipping so much cocaine to the United States that the street price of the powdered stimulant dealers cook to make crack – the smokable rock form of the stimulant - dropped by nearly 80 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). ... read more »
Los Angeles City Council Secures Multi-Year Funding for Cannabis Social Equity Program
April 23, 2019
Council President Herb Wesson   The Los Angeles City Council has voted to move forward a measure to provide the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) with $3 million annually for the next three year to fund the City’s Cannabis Social Equity Program, ... read more »
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L.A. City Council President Calls for Expungement of Pot Convictions
March 15, 2019
City Council President Herb Wesson today expressed his support for accelerating the expungement and resentencing of cannabis- related convictions in greater Los Angeles. ... read more »
Los Angeles County Proposes to Ban the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes But Serious Unintended Consequences
March 14, 2019
The National Action Network (NAN),one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations with chapters throughout the entire United States, is focused on promoting a civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice and equity for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. ... read more »
Black Prisoners Join National Prison Strike 
August 30, 2018
“I think we have as a country has been involved for so long in the War on Drugs and the War on Crime that we have forgotten that it’s not normal. We have a whole generation of children for whom it’s normal to be pulled over, be arrested and shuttled into the system. We have been in a catastrophic prison crisis for decades now. And conditions have gotten even worse. South Carolina was a wake-up call for people.”  ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus seeks to decriminalize marijuana
June 14, 2018
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for decriminalizing marijuana use. The group wants the federal government to get out of the prohibition business when it comes to the drug, a position it says is supported by an overwhelming majority of the 48-member caucus. ... read more »
Bonita “Bo” Money Talks About the Canna Cool Lounge Event
July 20, 2017
Bonita "Bo" Money if Women Abuv Ground talks about the lack of diversity in the Cannabis industry. ... read more / watch video »
Mehka King talks about his documentary: “The Color Green: Cash, Color, and Cannabis”
July 18, 2017
Filmmaker Mehka King talks about the racial disparity in the Cannabis industry. Host: Maleena Lawrence ... read more / watch video »
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