If cannabis is legal in California, why are so many Black-owned cannabis businesses considered illegal?

by Aubry Stone, special to California Black Media partners

Jackie Roberts and her nephew, Raft Hollingsworth III, 66, a Seattle Parks Department retiree who invested his retirement savings into the business, work at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Co. in rural Western Washington. – Photo: Erika Schultz, Seattle Times

One of the great advantages of Proposition 64 – the 2016 ballot initiative that legalized adult use of cannabis – was the idea that it could start to address the disproportionately negative impact of marijuana arrests among communities of color. This disparity is well documented.

Just a few years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that African Americans were nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, even though use of the drug was roughly equal among both populations.

Prop 64 not only promised to reduce or expunge certain past

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