The Latest Move to Repair the Racist War on Drugs

Could new pot shops be part of the answer?

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1

Reparations?
Thru Pot?!

Why Not?
It's Free Money* anyway.

*money we're Not spending on Busting peeps for pot
money we're Not spending on trying, convicting, Jailing, etc.
all these wunnerful New Taxes didn't even Exist ten years ago.

2

Pardon me for asking, but if blacks were interested in going into the pot business, why wouldn't they have just applied during the initial process or, you know, buy one of the 40 available licenses?

3

@ they could and did however if you have a previous conviction for MJ you would be disqualified. Black people were arrested and convicted at much much much higher rates than whites despite there not being a big difference in use.

So in effect if you are into pot, and are black, you are more likely to have a conviction and thus be denied a license. This will hopefully correct that and allow these people to apply again.

However it goes to far in my mind. Using where you grew up as a factor is wrong no matter how you look at it. A child has no choice in where their parents decide to live. Yet as an adult you might be put at a disadvantage by government based on you zip code as a child. That is discrimination and should not happen in government.

4

Hilarious.

Lester, what ever happened to you, man? You used to do a great job telling the gripping, important stories in 502. They must have gotten to you.

The social equity bullshit needs to end and a huge spotlight focused on what's really the issue in WA: the corruption being hidden by the WSLCB. What ever happened to the 30 licensees who were suppose to be closed down last spring for violating major rules 3 times in 3 years? What ever happened to all the support with pesticide testing? Why hasn't an environmental impact study been done on all the WASTE from packaging that isn't necessary?

Perhaps if the WSLCB did their jobs and had everyone following the same rules, there would be lots of closed licenses with plenty of opportunity for new licenseholders. They won't though, because this social equity is more important than rule of law.

Just look what happened in Massachusetts. The Black Caucus blew a FIT, and more licenses were opened, only to go to black people with outside investments. Mass USED black people to get more licenses for friends. Now they're getting fined for fraud.

Audit the WSLCB. Fix the issues at the CORE, do your god damn job. If the Stranger isn't letting you get the truth out, maybe your moral compass needs readjusting.