In the past few years, it seems that things are getting tough for those, who support medical benefits.
Lawyer General Jeff Sessions, who has highlighted “serious questions” about legalization, seems less in favor to the companies promoting marijuana medical benefits, than his predecessor. Although, the District of Columbia allowed using this weed for recreational use in 2015, arrests in the city for using marijuana in are increasing. A panel of speakers who gathered on Wednesday at Howard University said that specifically women and minorities should not fear what those in the marijuana industry call “the cannabis space.”
Lisa Scott, a former chef who runs Bud Appetit, an edibles company based in the District said, “It’s a good business — we’re at the start, it’s brand new.” He added further, “So many minorities are locked up — white people are getting filthy rich from it.”
Due to increasing demand of marijuana for medical use, it has created a number of headlines in the past years. The panel, “Minority Leaders in Cannabis,” gathered through Women Grow, it is a national for-profit group founded in Denver in 2014. According to its website, “as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale.”
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Chanda Macias, who is the head of the group’s D.C. chapter and owner of a dispensary in Dupont Circle said cultivating diversity in the marijuana business is vital. At an event, Macias said “We are the leaders — the minority leaders — in cannabis, and we make cannabis look good.”
It is creating hurdles for people to produce and sell marijuana products, those on the panel said. The current war on drugs unreasonably targeted minorities, and criminal histories can complicate applications for dispensary licenses.
Rachel Knox, who is a member of a family of doctors in Portland, Ore and practice focuses on cannabis said, “Prohibition is built on a racist formula.” He added, “The health-care disparity between blacks and whites is large.”
Just after the election of Donald Trump, some people are thinking about the specter of federal action against the marijuana industry. The drug, a federal Schedule 1 controlled substance, as a ““high potential for abuse” and “no medically accepted use” in the eyes of the federal government.
Macias said, “I can’t say I feel comfortable.” She added, “As the industry continues to change, less minorities participate because of their fears.”
But, Marvin Washington, who is a cannabis investor and former New York Jets defensive lineman, thinks that minorities have a historic chance to turn a bad break into a good one.
She said, “We have the opportunity to do this right and make sure the people that suffered when cannabis was in the black market . . . have the opportunity to participate in the upswing.”
With the increasing demand of marijuana for medical use is affecting cannabis industry.