California

In Los Angeles, Labor and Social Justice Advocates Join Forces on Cannabis Equity Proposal

“When I worked in an illegal shop … I was pressured to do whatever the shop owner requested. At my current shop, where I'm covered by a union contract, I know I have rights.”

Q&A

The Marijuana Policy Project Helped Bring the US to the Brink of Legalization. Now What?

MPP’s new executive director talks equity, federal legalization, and the organization’s role in the booming, multibillion dollar global cannabis industry.

Business

Insurance Coverage Remains Sparse, Confusing for Cannabis Industry

“Money is still being transported around in buckets and being buried in backyards. And honestly, that’s where we felt there is more risk,” said the general counsel for Golden Bear Insurance Company.

California

At Los Angeles Public Meeting on Cannabis, Funding for City’s Social Equity Program Takes Center Stage

“I stand with the community members here in asking for community re-investment,” said the city’s top cannabis regulator, Cat Packer.

Congress

Rep. Blumenauer Vows Cannabis Reform To Include Equity

Legislation that diversifies the cannabis industry so it benefits disadvantaged communities is an early flash point in this year’s Congressional legalization debate.

Mexico

Mexican Lawmakers Push Public Health, Discourage For-Profit Sales, In Cannabis Forum

International community has “condemnation for countries that have opted for a complete legalization of marijuana,” INCB member says.

New York

New York: Equity Front and Center as Legalization Push Resumes

Days after legalization stalled in New York, state leaders emphasized equitable legislation at a community talk in Queens, New York.

Congress

STATES Act Re-emerges In New Congress

Questions abound as to whether the Act’s centrist appeal will be enough for both Republicans and Democrats alike.

California

California Lawmakers Search for “Short-Term” Solution to Cannabis Banking Obstacles

One state senator thinks that there are “two billion dollars buried in barrels in northern California,” thanks to the cash-based cannabis business.