Achieving Diversity in the Marijuana Industry: Should States Implement Social Equity into Their Regimes?
Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 503
Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, No. 12, September 2019
17 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 12, 2019
As states across the country continue to legalize marijuana, in medical or recreational form, a new legal market is forming. As more and more companies begin to profit off the legalization of marijuana it begs the question: who is reaping the economic benefits of legalization? Following decades of the War of Drugs, minority communities have been particularly devastated. Consequently, states who have legalized marijuana both recreationally and medically have a duty to ensure equal access for the minority communities who were disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. This paper examines social equity regimes throughout the country and how states have attempted to induce minority participation in the marijuana industry. It analyzes the arguments for and against social equity regimes. The primary goal of this article is to address the arguments against social equity regimes in the marijuana industry, and induce states to implement common sense, economical regimes that give equal and just opportunities to those in the minority community.
Keywords: social equity, war on drugs, legalization, minorities
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