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Black History Month: Raising Awareness of Cannabis Prohibition’s Effects on Black People

As we make progress legalizing the use of cannabis across the globe, we still have much more to achieve for those lives unfairly impacted by the legal consequences set in place during an era of prohibition. 

Many brands have made commitments to improving our surrounding communities, and as champions for cannabis we look to do the same. This Black History Month, we’re making it our goal to help raise awareness of unfair criminal penalties for cannabis possession in black communities.

Did you know? 

  • Black people are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than white people, even though both groups use cannabis at the same rate.
  • An arrest for cannabis use could cause someone to lose their job or social benefits.
  • The United States spends more than $3.5 billion dollars enforcing marijuana laws per year, and as we mentioned in our first point, that enforcement is done more aggressively against black people. That’s money that could be better spent on our roads, our national parks or many other things that could enhance the lives of Americans.

We hope to work towards a future full of opportunity for everyone, and continually champion the end of cannabis prohibition. Tune in to our social media as we share facts, news, and information related to cannabis prohibition and Black History in cannabis throughout the month.

Are you interested in helping fight for social equity within the cannabis industry? Here are a few places you can get involved: 

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Ashley Lecount