Stakeholders Gather in Oakland to Gain Understanding of How to Achieve Social Equity in California’s Marijuana Industry
The Marijuana Equity Summit brought together a diverse group of advocates, organizers, and industry stakeholders to better understand how to participate and achieve equity in California’s legal marijuana trade. The event, held in Oakland, CA at The California Endowment, was co-hosted by The Hood Incubator, California Urban Partnership, Youth Forward, and Public Health Advocates. Pictured here (left to right) are Youth Forward’s, Nia MooreWeathers; Drug Policy Alliance’s, Rodney Holcombe; Office of Assembly Member Rob Bonta’s, Viviana Becerra, and Code for America’s Evonne Silva.
Oakland, CA – The Marijuana and Equity Summit was an overwhelming success!
On October 1, the California Urban Partnership, along with co-sponsors, Youth Forward, The Hood Incubator, and Public Health Advocates brought together over 150 organizers, advocates, business owners, and government officials to take a hard look at Marijuana Equity in California.
The event titled, MARIJUANA & EQUITY: A Summit for Organizers and Advocates, considered and discussed:
The racialized history of marijuana policy and its impact on health equity
How marijuana tax dollars are being spent, specifically the California Community Reinvestment Grants
How to get into the marijuana industry
Marijuana decriminalization and the issues around expungement, employment, and fines
How to achieve economic justice through local and state Equity programs
The curious and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed ice breakers, great food, and meaningful networking opportunities. Most importantly, however, attendees provided great feedback on their experiences and posed significant discussion questions to our distinguished presenters and panelists.
The Summit was a critical step in ongoing efforts to advance racial and health equity in marijuana policy and industry practices.