In the cannabis space, diversity is often regarded as a particularly pressing need as a result of the adverse effect of the War on Drugs.
The hurdles are numerous and include the country’s private prison system and a lack of capital, according to industry contacts Benzinga spoke with.
Despite the challenges, some do see recent positive activity in the fight to make the employees staffing the growing legal cannabis sector in the U.S. more reflective of the communities that cannabis companies serve.
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The War On Drugs: A Lasting Effect
Harvest Health & Recreation Inc (OTC: HRVSF) CEO Steve White said finding minority candidates can be difficult.
The aftershocks from the War on Drugs may be a factor, he said.
“If you were a member of one of those communities, you would be a little hesitant about people running around and saying that there’s this great opportunity after you’ve been disproportionately affected by it.”
Despite the sometimes difficult process, White said that having a diverse and inclusive office is worth it.
“If you …