Weed Justice Is at the Top of Some California Voters’ Minds on Super Tuesday

  • People are still going to the legacy market also known as the black market.
  • Black people make up just 23 percent of Oakland’s population, but were 77 percent of the cannabis street arrests in 2015, according to City Lab .
  • Oakland is trying to make amends for this through its cannabis equity program , which centers racial justice initiatives like providing zero-interest loans and top priority for marijuana business licenses for black and brown folks arrested for cannabis-related offenses.
  • Nationally, however, equity justice programs aren’t working, as licenses still go to white people with the financial resources to start cannabis businesses.
  • Here in Oakland, there are only two black-owned cannabis businesses, according to Turner.

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