California congresswoman introduces bill to bring equality to marijuana industry

(Congresswoman Barbara Lee via Wikimedia Commons)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee hopes to bring more minorities into the legal cannabis industry.

The California Democrat introduced a resolution on Thursday to deal with the racial disparity throughout U.S. legal marijuana businesses, Rolling Stone reports.

“The communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition are benefiting the least from the legal marijuana marketplace,” reads the RESPECT Resolution introduced by Lee. “The House of Representatives encourages States and localities to adopt best practices and take bold steps…to address disparities in the cannabis marketplace participation and to address, reverse, and repair the most egregious effects of the war on drugs on communities of color, in particular to those who now hold criminal records for a substance that is now legal and regulated.”

Lee’s RESPECT resolution — short for Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades — is the first to be introduced in Congress that deals with racial inequality inherent in legal pot workplaces. The legislation would expunge…

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