We are organizers who work at the intersection of the cannabis industry, racial equity, and reparative justice. We come from a diverse range of communities across the United States, and we write to demand recognition and support in a time of moral crisis in this field.
In the face of unfolding inequities, built upon a decades-long, racist War on Drugs, an informal network of organizers and advocates has been agitating for change. We do this work out of love and necessity, but we are largely unsupported by the cannabis industry and by the traditional funders of equity work. Cannabis organizers tend to be, unsurprisingly, women of color, many of whom have been directly impacted by the War on Drugs.
We lack funding and basic infrastructure, yet we have to negotiate directly with both multi-million dollar corporations and policymakers.
This letter lays out our concerns, our needs, our analysis of the landscape, and our solutions….