Yesterday was 420, the unofficial holiday of weed. But while marijuana is slowing becoming legal throughout the country, why aren’t more African Americans getting involved in this growing business? There are lots of reasons, from needing capital to enter the business to the industry still being legally hazy.
“African Americans know that whenever something is in a gray area of the law they will feel more vulnerable, and for good reason since statistically minorities are more likely to be targeted or seen as suspects,” [Ethan] Nadelmann [the director of Drug Policy Alliance] said. “It may be that the general element of racism and racial disproportionality in law enforcement around drugs can make minorities queasy about entering an area which is not fully legal.”
Team Blackness also discussed the news that the cop who shot and killed Rekia Boyd was found innocent of all charges, a California bathroom policing policy that could net people $4,000, and big changes in one Missouri town that has its first black female mayor.