Cannabis social equity and economic empowerment programs are an effort to bring racial parity to an exceedingly inequitable situation.
People of color have paid a heavy price over the past half century when it comes to cannabis-related crimes, with arrests on average being four times more common for African Americans than Caucasians. When it comes to legalization however, those very communities of color are nowhere to be seen. It’s a white, male-dominated industry and it is communities of wealth, not those decimated by the War on Drugs, that are reaping the rewards. This is where social equity enters the scene.
Social equity, however, is about as fragmented and chaotic as the cannabis industry itself…..