THIS IS NOT ABOUT WEED FOR US: This Is About Racial And Health Equity
“Collective Impactis the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration.” Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Institute for MORE (Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Equity) is a CUP project that advances cannabis industry and policy equity through research, training, advocacy and business incubation supports for entrepreneurs and activists of color. The Institute works to remove barriers, increase investments and expand opportunities to help repair the trauma and racial wealth gaps created by America’s long history of criminalizing weed.
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SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL: Spotlight on Malaki Seku Amen, who negotiated the city’s cannabis equity program
For over a year, the city has worked with community advocacy groups to develop a program to provide opportunities for people affected by aggressive policing of marijuana laws to start businesses in the newly legal cannabis industry. Those efforts came to fruition last week when the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment Equity program, or CORE. Malaki Seku Amen, founder of the community development advocacy organization California Urban Partnership, emerged as the lead consultant, negotiator and combatant — depending on the day and the issue — in the effort to see the idea for the cannabis equity program become a reality.