The Nation Post has recently reported that convicted weed felons who had been imprisoned on marijuana charges, will reportedly be given the chance to open legal weed businesses in the Oakland area.
Called the Equity Permit Program, the Oakland city council unanimously approved the new initiative last month.
According to the Post, as part of the program, 50% of all licenses issued for medical marijuana facilities will be to previous felons and residents of six neighborhoods that police target for drug arrests a lot.
The ordinance filed by the Oakland city council reads, “Communities of colour have been negatively and disproportionately impacted by disparate enforcement of cannabis laws.”
Pusha T was an advocate for the initiative as well as John Legend. “What’s important to me is keeping people who are coming home, home,” Pusha T said. “If ending prohibition on marijuana reduces recidivism, then let’s do it.”