Numerous states with far-left administrations have embraced “cannabis equity,” a policy in the social-justice framework that will try to balance past injuries, like the government arresting people for smoking dope, with new special privileges.
The California Cannabis Equity Act empowered the Bureau to “focus on the inclusion and support of individuals in California’s legal cannabis marketplace who are from communities negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization.”
In plain language, California’s State Legislature authorized the Bureau to subsidize marijuana businesses of blacks and other minorities, who had been arrested in far greater numbers and percentages than whites before marijuana’s legalization.
The California Cannabis Equity Alliance advocates for spending revenue from marijuana on programs for blacks and minorities, since these groups supposedlly suffered disproportionate harm from marijuana-related criminal justice.
In Connecticut, the state legislature will review a bill to create a “social equity council” and a “Cannabis Equity and Innovation Account,” which would give money to “workforce development programs and offer grants with cash from potential cannabis excise tax revenue.”
Other left-wing states like New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts may enact similar plans.
Legislation in Rhode Island would give “no-interest loans to business owners affected by past cannabis prohibition law.”
The law’s language suggests that everyone from everyday stoners to hardened drug dealers may financially benefit from criminal convictions.
The law would transfer wealth from law-abiding citizens to degenerate drug peddlers.
Michigan created a similar program that subsidizes medical marijuana cards for “disproportionately impacted communities.”
Impoverished people and those who have been convicted of marijuana-related criminal charges will receive “increased benefits, further reduced fees and enhanced eligibility.”
Like in California, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency has been reassigned through the Taxation of Marijuana Act “to develop a plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.”
Nothing uplifts former criminals and poor minorities like further inducements to consume and profit from marijuana.