Felons who were convicted of marijuana charges are getting a new opportunity in Oakland, CA.
The city wants to make reparations for the country’s war on drugs, so felons who were imprisoned for charges related to marijuana will have the opportunity to open marijuana businesses in the Oakland area, the National Post reports.
The city’s new Equity Permit Program calls for 50% of all licenses for medical marijuana facilities to go to Oaklanders imprisoned for a pot offence in the last 10 years, or to residents of six neighbourhoods that police have excessively targeted for drug arrests.
“Communities of color have been negatively and disproportionately impacted by disparate enforcement of cannabis laws,” reads the ordinance introducing the rules.
The Oakland city council unanimously approved its new initiative, the Equity Permit Program, last month.
Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but the 2004 adoption of another law gave cities the power to introduce licensing regulations of their own.
“I believe it’s an attempt not to perpetuate some of the inequities we’ve seen here locally and also in other states,” said Greg Minor, the assistant to Oakland’s city administrator
This is a great idea to start to make up for the failed war on drugs that targeted minority communities.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)