Race Based Statutes at Play with Cannabis: Cultivating a Process for Weeding Out the Competition

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 485

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, DEPC Student Paper Series No. 7, July 2019

23 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2019

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Tyrus D. Hudson

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students

Date Written: June 20, 2019

Abstract

The ongoing battle between federal and state cannabis laws have created a perplexing realm of ambiguity for legislatures tasked with establishing drug policy. In the midst of this intricate conflict lies another issue that is wreaking havoc throughout the legalized cannabis marketplace. With federal and state governments failing to administer concrete guidance by virtue of lacking to establish policies which govern concurrently and in a harmonious manner, laws have been enforced on both the federal and state levels, that are negatively impacting various minority groups and their potential to capitalize on the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry. This article will examine the arguments for, and against, current and proposed legislation that impacts licensure for minority groups trying to enter the legalized cannabis marketplace. Particularly, this article will address the primary obstacles that most negatively affect minorities and the specific role that each barrier has played in preventing minority entrepreneurs from becoming business owners and seizing the opportunity to cash in on this new lucratively flourishing agricultural business that is taking the nation by storm. While not much research has been conducted on the topic of minority business owners obtaining licenses to operate in the legalized cannabis market, the primary goal of this article is to stimulate dialogue and encourage further research into the impact that legalizing cannabis is having on minority business owners trying to establish themselves as legitimate participants in this up-and-coming industry.

Keywords: cannabis, marijuana, minority business, license, cannabis industry

Suggested Citation

Hudson, Tyrus D., Race Based Statutes at Play with Cannabis: Cultivating a Process for Weeding Out the Competition (June 20, 2019). Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, DEPC Student Paper Series No. 7, July 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3407290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3407290

Tyrus D. Hudson (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students ( email )

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Columbus, OH 43210
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