According to Make the Connection website for veterans some of the signs of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) are;
Most of the Black and Brown men/women I know have displayed 3 or more of these signs when and or after an interaction with leadership and or law officials. I’m talking about law abiding men/women. Men/Women with families and respectable lifestyles. I’ve even watched Black and Brown men/Women with means and acces display 3 or more of these signs after being pulled over by police.
This information has value because THIS is why there aren’t more Black and Brown men and women in the industry. Its not JUST because of the finances or the lack of information, it is because WE ARE AFRAID OF THE SYSTEM!!
EVERYONE is dancing around the truth because no one wants to blame the USA. There’s enough going on and as a people we don’t like to ruffle feathers, which is another sign of PTSD, but I digress. The signs are real. The issue is real and the sooner we begin to have this discussion in our communities the more likely we are not to miss the green opportunity.
In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” During the Regan era the number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997. Today the numbers are more like 700,000 people still arrested for marijuana offenses each year and almost 500,000 people still behind bars for nothing more than a drug law violation. (75% if these people are Black and Brown)
These numbers mean that many Black and Brown Americans probably know or is related to someone in jail for marijuana. Yep, it’s that real. Many of us are effected by the War on Drugs and we need to talk about it. We need to begin to gather to heal the deep rooted wounds caused by this war. This is what they mean when they use the big word “disenfranchised.” They are referring to our plight.
I’m so angry I really don’t have anything else to say.
Watch this video!
African American’s are not going to allow the Green Rush to happen without us!! Thanks to Amanda Lewis’s Buzzfeed article How Black People are Being Shut Out of the Weed Boom eyes are being opened and ears are listening. Even I have become acutely aware of new opportunities that may become available in the Cannabis industry.
Black Enterprise’s Sirita Wright released a 2-part series entitled “11 African American Cannabis Entrepreneurs You Should Know” “11 African American Cannabis Entrepreneurs You Should Know” part 1 & Part 2 which just left me thirsty to know more. There has to be MORE than 11, right?
Let’s not forget what’s going on in San Francisco. Reverend Brown, the head of the San Francisco NAACP in California, stepped up and asked the city to support Tiksiha Ong’s application for a dispensary. Kuddo’s to the NAACP! I think that is truly endorsing the advancement of colored people.
I am excited for Ms. Wanda James in Colorado. I had an opportunity to speak with her when I was in Denver last February. She was solid in her advice an eloquent with her wisdom. She truly is a leader in this industry and let’s just say it… #blackgirlsrock
Finally, I personally know 4 additional African American’s in Cannabis. 1. Frank Hawkins ( NWC Dispensary) 2.Larry Smith ( G5 cultivation) 3. Jo Cato ( Cannabis focused Magazine, PULSE) 4. Leslee Wilburn ( Cannabis infused Masseuse, Ilan Massage) I guess Las Vegas, NV is the forgotten city. Las Vegas has been Medicinal since 2006 but the state issued regulations for licenses in 2013. Nevada Wellness Center is black owned and the ONLY African American Owned Dispensary in Las Vegas with a predominately minority staff.
As we proceed we will discover NEW endeavours together. We will discuss articles that have been written about us, I will introduce other people of color in the Cannabis industry, I’ll report the changes in laws and advocate for patient care.
I look forward to serving my community.
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