The War on Drugs has always been a racially-charged public policy, writes Calvin Hughes. For decades, it has been used as a tool to legally discriminate against non-white Americans. But now as the movement to legalize cannabis gains momentum across America, we have an opportunity rectify the evils caused by the War in Drugs. Unfortunately, not enough legalization campaigns are focused on social justice, according to Shanita Penny – President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

“We haven’t addressed the effects of the War on Drugs. We have a very long way to go,” Penny said earlier this week at the 2019 World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

WCC delegates discuss social justice. From left to right: Sara Mainville (Partner, OKT LLP, Former Chief of Couchiching First Nation), Shanita Penny (President, Minority Cannabis Business Association and Budding Solutions) and Sara Brittany Somerset (Multimedia Journalist, Forbes / Leafly)

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