A coalition of criminal justice reform advocates—including several Republican officials and a major basketball star—recently delivered a letter to President Trump, imploring him to grant pardons or commutations to people serving time in federal prison for non-violent marijuana offenses.
Boston’s first pot shop opened Monday, marking the first recreational marijuana store to open in a major East Coast city. Pure Oasis is also among the few retail stores in the country owned and operated by people of color, who experts say have struggled to break into the industry.
Lawmakers in several states have sought to limit the amount of THC in cannabis – moves that, if successful, would likely result in costly business adjustments, loss of sales to illicit markets and other disruptions.
When it comes to his support for legalization of recreational marijuana, DeVaughn Ward's top reason is his social justice concerns. As an attorney, he has seen a lot of people prosecuted for marijuana possession, especially youths and people of color.
Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it for medical use. Yet marijuana’s continued status as a Schedule I substance — the most severe drug category — remains fodder for those opposed to legalizing medical marijuana in other parts of the country.
2020 is an election year in the United States, and naturally, cannabis legalization has become an important policy talking point. With Canada having legalized recreational pot in 2018, the question is being raised as to whether the US will follow suit on a federal level.
“Social equity in cannabis has to look like America.” That’s how Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, kicked off a conversation on social equity at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference at the Fountainbleau Miami Beach.