In 2016, California became the first state to legalize the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis through Proposition 64. This groundbreaking legislation aimed to heal the Drug Wars’ harmful impacts on communities of color and create revenue for a variety of social programs. Two years later, cannabis operations throughout the state have been established and are now declared as “essential businesses” during the pandemic. Meanwhile, local officials and governments have failed to invest in the economic security and healing of Black and Brown communities in order to help repair the decades of trauma, imprisonment, and poverty from racialized marijuana-related arrests. Instead, we have seen the proliferation of an industry that benefits largely white and wealthy investors while promoting an increase in law enforcement. In this webinar, leaders in the field of marijuana equity will describe this issue in detail, including recent reports on tax revenue and marijuana-related arrests in California. We will learn about the opportunities and the considerable progress already made to move millions of dollars to communities of color through state grant programs. We will learn about the necessity of applying a social equity analysis and reparations framework to the issue, as well as how funders can support local grassroots organizing for justice reinvestment, as well as ending mass incarceration fueled by cannabis policies and industries.
- Malaki Seku Amen, California Urban Partnership
- Jim Keddy, Youth Forward
- Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward
- Flojaune G. Cofer, Public Health Advocates
- Christine Tien, The California Endowment
This program is open to NCG members and CCJFG members.