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Guest Opinion: Black And Brown Cannabis Entrepreneurs Can’t Afford To Keep Waiting | Talking Joints Memo

The investments and policy decisions we make now will have a lasting impact on whether we create a truly equitable industry.

The following is part of a letter written by the policy team at Equitable Opportunities Now, a nonprofit that “educates and empowers people of color to become active participants in the Massachusetts legal cannabis market,” to state lawmakers who are currently considering multiple critical cannabis bills. This part of their testimony addresses barriers to equitable participation and the promotion of businesses owned by and career pathways for justice-involved individuals. We also published EON’s research on where Mass cannabis tax revenue is going and whether the state is equitably reinvesting in communities harmed by the war on drugs here. -TJM Editors