social equity

People Harmed by Drug War Get NY’s First Cannabis Retail Licenses

New York regulators have approved the state’s first-ever licenses for recreational marijuana retailers. Most of the businesses are owned by…

November 21, 2022

NY Cannabis Dispensary Rules Block Corporations, Leave Funding Gap

On October 28, the New York Office of Cannabis Management released a set of rules to govern the adult-use cannabis…

November 2, 2022

Maryland Campaign to Make Marijuana Legalization Mean Social Justice

A Maryland political group is campaiging for voters to approve the marijuana legalization initiative on the state's November ballot. It's…

October 20, 2022

Illinois Social Equity Program Near “Collapse,” Say Cannabis Advocates

A group of cannabis advocates led by Chicago NORML demonstrated outside the offices of the Illinois Department of Financial and…

September 12, 2022

Bronx Cannabis Hub Fosters Opportunity in Communities Hit Hard by Arrests

On July 24, New York City advocates launched the Bronx Cannabis Hub, a community center to help local residents and…

July 28, 2022

New York’s Gray-Market Cannabis Businesses Face Hard Choices

One cold Thursday evening in late January, my roommates and I decided to stop by an unlicensed dispensary in the…

July 13, 2022

Oregon County Considers Banning Legalized Psilocybin Therapy

Linn County, a mostly rural area of Oregon, is considering banning psilocybin services. In November 2020, Oregon voters approved legalizing…

June 24, 2022

Biden’s Asylum Program Deporting People With No Lawyer, No Hearing

A report by the Immigrants’ Rights Policy Clinic at the UCLA School of Law has found that 99 percent of…

June 9, 2022

Oregon Board Rejects Plan to Boost Psilocybin Access, But Fight Goes On

After a closed-doors discussion on May 25, the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board voted to reject an "entheogenic practitioners framework." Some…

June 3, 2022

Will New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Licensing Repair Drug-War Harms?

New York State legalized adult-use cannabis through the legislature in early 2021, and is slowly moving forward with implementation. Currently,…

May 27, 2022