Why Cannabis Reform Must Prioritise Racial Justice

Why Cannabis Reform Must Prioritise Racial Justice

In the wake of the ongoing protests regarding racial injustice in the US, it’s time for those of us within the cannabis industry to ask ourselves some difficult questions about our contribution to race relations worldwide, and to recognise our massive responsibility to enact change. After all, we’re dealing with a product that has been weaponised by governments for over a century in order to decimate Black, Hispanic and other minority communities, so the end of prohibition represents a vital opportunity to start undoing some of that damage. Yet the legitimisation of cannabis can just as easily be transformed into yet another means of upholding racial injustice and reinforcing White privilege, as is already becoming apparent. Fortunately we are still at an early stage of this process, which means there’s still time to reshape the cannabis reform movement. To understand how we can build a brighter future, though, we first need to understand our past. Cannabis policies have ALWAYS been about race The War on Drugs has never been anything other than a thinly-veiled war on racial minorities, and gathered pace when large numbers of displaced Mexicans arrived in the US following the Mexican Revolution of 1910. These immigrants were the first to introduce cannabis to places like Texas, prompting a local senator to declare that “all Mexicans are crazy, and this [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.[i]” This type of racist nonsense soon became enshrined in law when, in 1914, El Paso became the first city to ban cannabis…

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