Rosario Dawson Joins Board Of Marijuana Business As Partner Cory Booker Pushes For Legalization In Senate

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Actress Rosario Dawson is joining the board of a California-based marijuana beverage company as her partner, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), is pushing to build support for a bill he’s sponsoring to federally legalize cannabis. Dawson said she’s been impressed by diversity efforts of Cann—which produces low-THC infused seltzers and is backed by investors like actress and Goop Founder Gwyneth Paltrow—and she intends to focus on furthering those objectives. The announcement of her involvement in the cannabis business was first reported by Bloomberg. Booker is one of the three authors of the the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), legislation that would deschedule marijuana and take steps to promote social equity in the industry. After introducing the draft bill last month, Booker, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) have been taking public comment on the proposal. There remain significant questions as to whether the senators can muster enough votes to pass legalization with a slim Democratic majority when the measure is finalized, however. Of course, Cann stands to benefit from federal legalization like any other marijuana business that is currently restricted by financial barriers and commerce complications resulting from federal prohibition. But Booker has been a long-standing advocate for reform, introducing his own legalization bill in 2017 before he’d met Dawson. For her part, Dawson says her support for legalization is partly motivated by personal reasons. Her father “was growing weed off the fire escape” to treat symptoms of pancreatic cancer, she told Bloomberg. “He was blatant about his use in a way other people in my community knew not to be.” “My joining this board is historic, given less than 3.5 percent of corporate board seats in general are held by women of color,” Dawson said, adding that she has “a vested…

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