Can the Cannabis Industry Be an Agent of Social Justice? Or Is It Just Another Big Business?



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White is now chief marketing officer at Curaleaf Holdings Inc., which says it is the world’s largest provider (by revenue) of legal medical and recreational cannabis. While some liken legal pot to a gold rush, White — who is African American and Cuban — talks of repairing communities harmed by the war on drugs. “Some are very wary of cannabis, having seen people arrested and their voting rights taken away,” he says. “But as cannabis has become more mainstream, others don’t see harm, but opportunity. I want to use this platform to help improve society.”

I first interviewed White at a Baltimore hotel in February 2020. Curaleaf has dispensaries in Maryland, and his team had flown in from the company’s Los Angeles office. With his gracious manners and clean-cut looks, he’s a wholesome ambassador for Cannabis sativa, the plant from which marijuana is derived. Indigenous cultures used cannabis for healing and spiritual rituals, White told me, until it became criminalized amid a “larger story of oppression.” [Read More @ The Washington Post]

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