Cannabis Social Equity Not Reality At The Moment Says Article

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New York, which last month broadly legalized cannabis use, has set a goal of getting 50% of licenses to minorities and other social equity applicants. Social equity has been a selling point for marijuana legalization in many states. The limited statistics available indicate business owners and investors at the top of the booming industry remain overwhelmingly white. He was early for a pickup, and someone out for a walk called authorities after seeing him napping in the driver’s seat. That led to a couple of days in jail, thousands of dollars in legal fees and a felony conviction for drug possession.

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The Herald Sun (USA) reports

Terrence Hewing was working for a package delivery company in 2007 when police approached his cargo van in suburban Denver. He was early for a pickup, and someone out for a walk called authorities after seeing him napping in the driver’s seat.

Officers found about a pound of marijuana inside the vehicle. That led to a couple of days in jail, thousands of dollars in legal fees and a felony conviction for drug possession. Hewing lost his job and, because of his criminal record, for years struggled to find housing and a stable, well-paying career.

“I felt like I was in...

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