On July 15th, Marijuana Policy Project held a series of panels titled, “Reimagining Justice: Race, Cannabis & Policing,” with cannabis business and culture leaders such as Viola Founder Al Harrington, Actor Seth Rogan, and Activist Natalie Papillion.
More and more social equity programs are being spearheaded across the country. This push is important, and it is equally as important to assess the programs, and revise them according to their current shortfalls and blindspots. MJbizdaily’s coverage on Michigan’s program is a great example, with a bulleted list of “What can be improved” for the state and beyond. Read on for critical analysis of and informed suggestions on how to revise the program.
Although policies are taking steps in the right direction, business owners and cannabis operators continue to express concern over dysfunctional licensing processes.
This story was first reported on Marijuana Moment.
Ben & Jerry’s published the following:
The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown in 1619, when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent. Floyd is the latest in a long list of names that stretches back to that time and that shore. Some of those names we know — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. — most we don’t.
Furthermore, the company outlines 4 action steps, roughly summarized as: accountability for political leaders; the passing of H.R40 in Congress; the formation of a national task force to spearhead justice reform policy; and the reinvigoration of the Dept. of Justice’s civil right division to fight for black and brown Americans.
You can read the full statement on their website.
“In the last 18 months though, [MedMen has] been among the hardest hit by a trend of market corrections, culminating in Interim CEO Ryan Lissack telling CNN that, “While vertical integration has been a big focus in the industry, our growing belief is that cannabis is evolving like every other consumer vertical: with a fragmented value chain and specialists at each layer.”
Brett Puffenbarger for Ganjapreneur.com
“The closely watched case could have broad implications on how state-legal marijuana businesses compensate employees.”
"…Here in Pennsylvania, employers and workers’ compensation carriers remain in legal limbo, waiting on judicial guidance from the state’s highest courts in the face of ever increasing claims from injured workers to pay for medical marijuana. Will it be considered reasonable and necessary medical treatment under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act?" Article by Francis X. Wickersham for Law.com.
"High Times is attempting to break into the retail sector through an $80 million cash and stock deal to acquire 13 operating and planned cannabis outlets from Harvest Health & Recreation – this at a time when the economy is facing a major downturn."