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Permit Patty’s Claims That She Faked 911 Call Debunked

By | June 29th, 2018|Busted, California, News, Race|

Audio of a 911 call disputes claims from former cannabis firm CEO Alison Ettel that she only pretended to call police on an eight-year-old girl for selling water without a permit. Ettel was dubbed ‘Permit Patty’ after video of the call was posted online by Erin Austin, the girl’s mother. The social media uproar that [...]

Cannabis Business Owner Permit Patty Calls Cops On 8-Year-Old Selling Water

By | June 26th, 2018|California, featured, News, Race, San Francisco, viral|

A video of a woman since identified as Alison Ettel calling the cops on an 8-year-old black girl selling water on her stoop went viral with the hashtag #PermitPatty last weekend. Jordan Rogers was hoping to sell cold bottled water to baseball fans heading to AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants vs. the San [...]

Minneapolis Police Cease Low-Level Weed Stings Due to Racial Disparity

By | June 11th, 2018|Minnesota, News, Race|

Minneapolis city officials announced last week that the Police Department will cease sting operations for low-level cannabis offenders. The decision came after recent stings in the city showed significant racial disparity. Mayor Jacob Frey told local media that Minnesota lawmakers should reassess drug policy and legalize cannabis. “I believe strongly that marijuana should be a lowest-level [...]

Southern University Set to Launch First Medical Marijuana Program at Historically Black College

By | June 5th, 2018|Baton Rouge, college, Louisiana, News, Race, University|

The world of medical marijuana has seen some potentially big advancements in recent days. These breakthroughs have come as Southern University and A&M College, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has entered a new partnership with medical marijuana company Advanced Biomedics. This is important because Southern University is the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to [...]

Massachusetts To Study Race, Gender Disparities in Cannabis Industry

By | May 23rd, 2018|featured, Justice, Massachusetts, News, Race|

Diversity remains an issue in most industries, and marijuana is no exception. Though women and people of color hold more positions of significance within the marijuana industry compared to others, these figures are still startlingly low. Massachusetts legislators have enacted laws to address this disparity, and commissioned a study in the state that will be [...]

De Blasio orders NYPD to Stop Arresting People for Smoking Weed

By | May 21st, 2018|criminal justice, new york, New York City, News, Police, Race|

To say that Mayor Bill de Blasio is under a lot of pressure to reform policing in New York City would be an understatement. Among the myriad issues and complaints against the NYPD, a recent report shows that New York’s finest has arrested a disproportionate number of minorities for marijuana possession. In response to public uproar, [...]

Cannabis Equality in the Green Revolution

By | May 16th, 2018|activism, featured, Justice, March 2018 Issue, Race|

The US marijuana industry, despite the forces of evil in Washington that would destroy it, has become a booming, multibillion-dollar player in the economy. Soon, eight states will be fully legalized—not to mention Washington, DC, itself—and there are more on the way. With cannabis production and distribution morphing into a nationwide enterprise, opportunities abound in [...]

Cynthia Nixon Plans To Improve Racial Justice By Legalizing Weed

By | April 12th, 2018|Cynthia Nixon, featured, Justice, new york, News, Politics, prison, Race, women|

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announced last week that she’s running for governor of New York. During a private fundraiser, Nixon came out in support of recreational marijuana. Today, she clarified her stance on marijuana on Twitter. Cynthia Nixon plans to improve racial justice by legalizing weed. Here’s what we know about this [...]

NYPD Facing Criticism For Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests

By | February 27th, 2018|criminal justice, featured, Laws, new york, News, NYPD, Police, Race|

The post NYPD Facing Criticism For Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests appeared first on High Times. New York City has tried to reduce the penalties for getting caught with weed. Despite this, there remain some troubling trends in how the city enforces cannabis laws. With the NYPD facing criticism for racial disparity in marijuana arrests, [...]

New Weed Possession Policy In Texas Reveals Racial Bias

By | January 29th, 2018|Dallas, News, Police, Race, Texas|

The post New Weed Possession Policy In Texas Reveals Racial Bias appeared first on High Times. Officials in Dallas, Texas recently made some changes to how the city enforces weed laws. But new stats suggest that the city’s new possession policy may not actually produce any meaningful change. In particular, this new weed possession policy in [...]