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Finding the Equity and Justice in the California Marijuana Business

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Last year, the state of California, wrestled with the how to go about implementing Proposition 64. How would the state implement the use of recreational marijuana on a state, city and county level, while on a federal level marijuana is still illegal.

California State Senator Holly Mitchell, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee stated, “this has proven to be especially difficult given the complexities of the challenges, including how to address jurisdictional issues between the feds, the state and cities and counties. She further stated, “there also are many additional unanswered questions, such as how cannabis users are treated by the foster care and medical systems or how communities that were most impacted by prior policies are encouraged to participate in the new marketplace. “

Los Angeles County and City Council worked with the community, cannabis industry, and law enforcement to iron out details, policy, rules and regulations. L.A. City Councilmember of the 8th District Marqueece Harris-Dawson advocated for the Social Equity Program with the new change, he wanted to make sure people of color had a seat at the table, especially those who had been put into the criminal justice system due to cannabis related charges…

This story was written by Curator Niele for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. To continue reading click here.

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