Leafly Launches New Report to Score Legalized Cannabis Markets on Social Justice


Leafly’s inaugural social equity report uses the Leafly Equity Score to evaluate all 19 adult-use cannabis markets on their strategies to create a fair and equitable cannabis industry, with Colorado, California, Illinois, and New York receiving the top scores. SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Leafly, the world’s leading cannabis marketplace and resource, released Seeds of Change: Strategies to create an equitable cannabis industry, a first-of-its-kind report that measures states’ efforts in making social equity a foundational part of cannabis legalization. The Seeds of Change report ranks states according to social justice, equity, and inclusion (SJEI) criteria and also identifies eight distinct SJEI strategies for lawmakers to incorporate within cannabis legalization. This comes on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the War on Drugs, and at a crucial time when only 2% of America’s estimated 30,000 cannabis companies are Black-owned. Building on Leafly’s 2021 Cannabis Jobs Report, Seeds of Change examines the legislation of all 18 adult-use cannabis states and Washington, DC, and assigns a Leafly Equity Score based on the incorporation of eight key social justice strategies. Eight key social justice strategies are used to determine a state’s Leafly Equity Score: Mandate automatic expungement of cannabis records Establish equitable cannabis licensing systems Safeguard rights and accessibility for medical patients Allow homegrowing and regulate it reasonably Dedicate cannabis tax revenue to healing, not harm Gather robust data and share it widely Reduce stigma through proactive programs Support cannabis career development opportunities Key Report Findings: One in 20 Black Americans hold business equity in any industry, but Black Americans hold business equity in only 1 in 50 cannabis companies.1 The criminal justice system, historical economic persecution, and healthcare access are the three leading barriers to cannabis opportunity in the US. Homegrow and medical cannabis programs are the two most popular cannabis equity strategies employed…

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