1A Across America: Who Benefits When States Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

Last year, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Its new law promises that along with fostering new economic opportunities, it will also address past injustices against people of color. It includes this mandate: “A plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement… and to positively impact those communities.”

What will the law mean, in practice? And who’s likely to benefit most?

Reid Wilson, National correspondent, The Hill
Anqunette Jamison Sarfoh, Co-founder, BotaniQ medical marijuana provisioning center in Detroit, Michigan
Rev. Horace Sheffield, Executive director, Detroit Association of Black Organizations
Barton Morris, Principal attorney, the Cannabis Legal Group in Michigan


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