Marijuana Businesses Tell Congress That Legal Pot Needs More DiversityPosted by On


Over 100 cannabis businesses and organizations just sent a letter to Congressional leaders calling for federal legalization of the plant, but their request didn’t stop there. The letter also urged federal funding be used to diversify the cannabis industry, as well as administer retroactive justice for old pot convictions and help communities impacted the most by the war on drugs.

Cannabis is still far from legal in the eyes of the federal government, but Congress has been more open-minded lately. The House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would explicitly allow banks and financial institutions to serve medical and recreational cannabis businesses in states where they are legal, and the Senate just held a hearing on the same bill.

As both sides of Congress consider federal cannabis reform, advocates have increased the call for social equity packages to ensure that communities which were negatively affected by the drug war can now reap benefits from the plant that put…

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