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Opinion: Publications have wrong coverage of cannabis

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Illinois law now recognizes damages incurred by specific geographic communities at the state level. Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act She had to map the areas most disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. An individual’s eligibility to participate in the Illinois Adult Cannabis Program requires that, as a licensed business, gain application points relevant to competitive social justice.

These social justice application points may either be secured as a product of an individual residing in a disproportionately affected area (DIA), or DIA personnel hired or arrested or a family member arrested for cannabis-related offenses.

Adult cannabis use in Illinois must be understood, legalized, and reported in the best way to prevent further harm to those most affected by the war on drugs.

Social inequality has been fueled by disparities in arrest rates and negative criminal justice outcomes in these specific geographic communities, particularly those in which blacks and browns from Illinois live.

The issue of fairness in this emerging cannabis industry has been at the heart of advocacy by both activists and government officials. The recent public awareness of state-imposed disenfranchisement perpetrated against the black community in America, as some Black Lives Matter activists have described, brings demands for social justice and fairness in cannabis In the foreground. These activists often assert that cannabis legalization should benefit the communities targeted during the era of cannabis decriminalization.

We must act as Saint Vincent de Paul and stand with those most affected by these policies. Since 1937, oppressive Prohibition policies have justified massive attacks on black and brown communities across the state. Several universities, including DePaul, have supported banning cannabis by excluding discussion of drugs, crushing cannabis-related scholarships, and enforcing harsh cannabis policies on campus.

Just as Saint Vincent de Paul has provided food and medicine to suffering families, DePaul and those who adhere to the Venetian service model must seek out those affected by oppressive cannabis policies to provide relief for them through personal attention, access, advocacy, and economic resource provision. sources.

We must also enlist a coalition of stakeholders across all frontiers of stratification in efforts to support Illinois for the social justice of cannabis found in the Cannabis Tax and Regulation Act.

DePaulia’s recent publications fail to mention the social justice mandate at the heart of cannabis legalization in Illinois. DePaulia’s previous articles completely ignore the disruptive nature of past cannabis policies, while also ignoring DePaul’s University’s long history of expelling students for cannabis consumption.

The Cannabis Tax and Regulation Act clearly defines cannabis as the legal form of marijuana. Any term other than cannabis remains classified as a prohibited substance. A simple course of action that we can all adhere to is to reject the use of the term marijuana when discussing legal cannabis consumption or cultivation. DePaulia’s continued past use of the term “marijuana” dismisses decades of Racial abuses and destructive policies Associated with the term “marijuana”. Confusing the terms marijuana and hashish also leads to such harm.

We must also act with great intent as we share photos and images of those actively seeking space in the Illinois industry that has licensed adult cannabis use and additional unlicensed cannabis business markets. Currently, the black and brown cannabis industry stakeholders, supporters and entrepreneurs are fighting a massive battle to defend the cannabis business focused on social justice against the stark white man’s domination of the industry.

The failure to highlight Black and Brown industry stakeholders in outlets such as DePaulia or on DePaul Radio is contributing to the erasure of victims of the war on drugs. Micah Crawford, a graduate student in DePaul’s Digital Communications and Media Arts (DCMA) program, a resident of a community disproportionately affected by the war on drugs and business owner of Chill Haus Club, a cannabis supplement company, encourages the media to be “aggressive” about Intentionally promoting non-white industry stakeholders. ”

Via Crawford, “Black companies are already facing shadow bans for their deliberate targeting of black clients in many media outlets. The lack of representation in outlets, such as DePaulia or DePaul Radio, is an additional indication of a lack of representation in an industry that continues to demonize blacks.”

Within popular culture, images of blackness are often intertwined with depictions of criminality linked to the war on drugs. These images caused enormous harm to individuals within black communities. Fair or meaningful representations of black and brown men and women in every area of ​​the intentionally emerging cannabis industry must be pursued as a fundamental pillar of social justice.

Beyond the media, fair and meaningful representations of black and brown men and women in cannabis education and cannabis curriculum design must also be seriously promoted. Educational institutions that emphasize a focus on social justice must have knowledge of the role of race and gender in the emerging cannabis industry.

The sexualization and sexualization of black women in the popular cannabis magazine High Times, refers to the exploitation of black women in the coverage of the cannabis industry.

We must now struggle to choose between the traditions of persecuted ancestors and the present-day oppressor’s way of business as usual. Post-secondary institutions and outlets must now reject the current way of facilitating the cannabis industry without regard to social or economic justice. This choice must be made with the preservation and well-being of those most affected by the war on drugs a priority.

Jim Plesset III holds a Ph.D. from DePaul. College of Education Student, CCC Adjunct Adjunct Cannabis Inner & Cannabis Industry Social Equity Social Equity Licensed

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