It’s no secret the legal marijuana industry is lily white.
It’s also no secret African-Americans bore the brunt of the war on pot.
On Saturday, a panel of speakers at Medaille College urged New York State to do more to diversify a multi-billion dollar business on the verge of becoming legal here.
“We were the ones going to jail,” said Ebele Ifedigbo, co-founder of the Hood Incubator, an Oakland, Calif. group dedicated to increasing minority participation in the cannabis industry. “We know our communities have been negatively impacted.”
Ifedigbo, speaking to a standing room-only crowd of 125 people, said the legal marijuana industry has a “moral obligation” to include people of color, whether it be as entrepreneurs or employees.
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