An Equity Action Plan for Marijuana: The Biden Administration’s Opportunity to Advance Equity Through Cannabis Reform

Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 771

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, May 2023

14 Pages Posted: 19 May 2023

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Cat Packer

Distinguished Cannabis Policy Practitioner in Residence, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Date Written: May 18, 2023

Abstract

This paper examines the Biden Administration’s executive orders on equity, its position on marijuana reform before and after President Biden’s related October 2022 statement, and it's repeated statements acknowledging both cannabis criminalization’s disproportionate impact on Black and Latino communities and marijuana reform as an opportunity to advance equity. Moreover, this paper critiques the omission of marijuana reform within the Biden Administration’s Equity Action Plans and highlights the opportunity for the Biden Administration to use its existing executive orders on equity as a framework to understand and address how marijuana laws and policies create barriers for underserved communities through the development of an equity action plan for marijuana reform.

Keywords: Biden Administration, marijuana reform, racial equity, equity action plan, underserved communities, executive order, cannabis criminalization, Black and Latino communities, cannabis regulation, federal equity efforts, equal opportunity

Suggested Citation

Packer, Cat, An Equity Action Plan for Marijuana: The Biden Administration’s Opportunity to Advance Equity Through Cannabis Reform (May 18, 2023). Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 771, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, May 2023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4452641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4452641

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Distinguished Cannabis Policy Practitioner in Residence, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University ( email )

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