Opportunity for All: How Massachusetts Is Creating Social Equity in Legal Cannabis

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It’s easy to talk about social justice and reparations, but California is actually walking the walk. Photo via California Minority Alliance; founders Donnie Anderson & Virgil Grant, front center-left In 2008, L.A.-based entrepreneur Virgil Grant was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for conspiracy, money laundering, and operating a drug-related business within 1,000 feet of a school. At the time, he owned six licensed medical cannabis dispensaries under the California Cannabis brand. In 2010, he would become the state’s first licensed dispensary owner to be sentenced by the feds.   Virgil Grant is also African-American, and his conviction reflects a more pervasive problem plaguing the nation’s marijuana policies.   While Grant stewed in prison for four years, California’s medical marijuana sales skyrocketed. Opportunity for All: How Massachusetts Is Creating Social Equity in Legal Cannabis

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