A few staggering facts & figures to start off:
"An estimated 40k individuals are currently incarcerated for cannabis offenses while cannabis is legal in 27 states."
"Black people are nearly four times more likely than their white counterparts to be arrested, even though both use marijuana at similar rates."
"It is estimated that non-Hispanic Black women are three to almost four times more likely to die while pregnant or within 1 year postpartum than their non-Hispanic White and Latina counterparts."
"Research suggests that chronic exposure to environmental stressors, such as racism, across the life span contributes to the weathering of the health of Black women, increasing their allostatic load and, consequently, compromising their reproductive health."
Two non-profits working toward solutions to offset these statistics are The Last Prisoner Project and Black Women's Health Imperative. Without organizations like these, the gap in health equity and damage inflicted upon black communities by the war on drugs would grow exponentially larger. Being in a cannabis-adjacent market, we feel a responsibility to bring awareness and contribute to solutions for rectifying those that have suffered from the inequalities riddled throughout the industry and healthcare system.
Learn more about these organizations below:
About The Last Prisoner Project
"The Last Prisoner Project was founded in 2019 out of the belief that no one should remain incarcerated for cannabis offenses. We brought together a team of cannabis industry leaders, criminal and social justice advocates, policy and education experts, and leaders in social justice and drug policy reform to work to end this fundamental injustice. We are committed to freeing every last prisoner of the unjust war on drugs, starting with the estimated 40,000 individuals imprisoned for cannabis."
About the Black Women's Health Imperative
"The first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. We target the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S. through investments in evidence based strategies, bold programs and advocacy outreach on health policies."
- Juanita J. Chinn, Iman K. Martin, and Nicole Redmond. Journal of Women's Health. Feb 2021. 212-219. http://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2020.8868