Demand black inclusion in Legal Marijuana Industry
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The War on Drugs II is a cold war. Nixon's original campaign wasn't about drugs, it was about locking up black men and anti-war protesters two of his greatest enemies, without a great outcry from the white majority.
It was one of the most effective methods of citizen suppression in modern America.
In less than 30 years, America's prison population more than quadrupled from 500,000 to 2.3 million. Black men were the prize and the prize was attained; more than a million black men (and women) were incarcerated. The campaign was frighteningly simple: Inferior schools, increased police presence, most black people blocked from good-paying jobs and newly draconian drug laws. It was shooting fish in a barrel. Hundreds of thousands of men and women had their futures stolen. Smoking a joint, or buying a nickel bag to alleviate the stress of an oppressive era meant prison records, forcing them into a growing black market economy that grew ever larger and lucrative for predators such as the CIA, law enforcement and foreign drug catels.
Generations of doctors, lawyers, politicians, scientists, businesspeople were lost to the black community through this social genocide.
Which brings us to the War on Drugs II. This is a particularly egregious slap in the face because it is obviously designed to block black participation at this late date in the nation's history. Black people, who have been demonstrably harmed by the War on Drugs, some of whom are expert, by necessity, in the illicit marijuana trade, are blocked out of the burgeoning marijuana trade as it starts to become legal.
In Maryland, home of Baltimore, there were no black businesses in consideration for legal licensure.
"The Washington Post reported that of the 144 companies that applied for the 15 growing licenses in Maryland, 26 had political ties, at least 30 had law-enforcement ties and 47 had ties to out-of-state corporations."
Read that penultimate citation -- 30 fast track applicants had LAW ENFORCEMENT ties. Funny how quickly morality shifts when billions of dollars are involved.
There are more than a thousand angel investors and some even focus on certain demographic groups, such as white women. But, black people are being actively shut out to the point that in states where marijuana is legal or soon will be, there is VIRTUALLY NO black presence. In my state of Minnesota, legislators are considering parameters, medical background, volume of business, etc., that is guaranteed to exclude black people.
It is embarrassingly, transparently racist. We have white political operatives, police officers, the well-connected and the rich pushing to the front of the line as if there were never a War on Drugs. We will no longer stand by in the face of such naked oppression. If there is going to be a legal marijuana industry then it MUST include black people or it must NOT EXIST. It is unacceptable for the rich to get richer AGAIN on the policies that decimated black Americans.
Our demands are these:
- Existing legal states shall include black marijuana businesses to the level black people exist in their population, i.e. 10 percent population means 10 out of 100 businesses shall be black owned.
- States considering legalization shall abide by the same rules.
- A national clearinghouse be established to help find black candidates able to meet requirements.
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