This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.
The year 2020 has been rife with political turmoil, nationwide polarization, and blatant racism.
As such, many are heading to the streets to call for change, with organizations like the Last Prisoner Project doing their part to fight for those peaceful protesters who were unjustly sent to prison.
As police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement are gaining momentum, it’s important to take a deeper look at racial inequity relating to cannabis.
While cannabis legalization is a great thing for a number of reasons, racial disparities are still prevalent.
For example, the post-legalization arrest rate for Black individuals in Colorado was nearly triple that of white people in 2014.
As for Latinx communities, data shows that simple marijuana possession is the 4th most common cause of deportation for any offense.
The reality is that the effects of prohibition and the war on drugs continues to negatively impact people of color.
Renowned cannabis trailblazer, Tommy Chong, spoke to Cannabis & Tech Today Managing Editor Patricia Miller about Donald Trump, how negative stereotypes impact the Latinx community, and the racism behind cannabis prohibition.
Chong, who is a writer, actor, director, musician, and cannabis rights activist, rose to fame with his stoner comedy act Cheech …