The cannabis reform movement certainly intersects with – and overlaps – other human rights movements.

The current wave of protests highlights many kinds of racial disparities – and the connection between ethnicity and incarceration – where minorities are convicted at much higher rates despite the usage of cannabis being very similar in breadth in all major ethnic communities in the US.

We haven't inveighed much on the topic lately because our demographics don't make it come up much in covering Utah media stories around cannabis or in most research studies. It's certainly a big topic in states with larger minority populations.

And it's one of the elements in the room of why it's so long past time to finally get moving on rationalizing ALL cannabis laws.

Study cannabis law and law enforcement history. There's lots to fix.


Why calling for cannabis legalization as a tool for racial justice falls flat in an industry where white privilege prevails and why more has to be done

In response, to recent peaceful protests, some in the cannabis space concluded that while legalized marijuana was not a panacea that would end police brutality, the end of prohibition was a necessary step towards de-escalating the tensions caused by the over-policing of African Americans. But statis…