DPA's Executive Director, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, was one of four women of color interviewed by Vice's Broadly to discuss the need for community investment and equal access in the legal cannabis business. The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms people of color. As more states move closer to marijuana legalization, we risk leaving those most devastated by the war on drugs behind.
“One of the ugliest aspects of prohibition is the burdens that have mostly fallen on Black and brown people. These burdens include high rates of arrest, conviction, incarceration, and other forms of punishment like barriers to housing, child custody, employment, and education. We’re trying to end those harms, but we also think it’s critical to repair past damage. For people who were incarcerated, separated from their families, or lost opportunities, we can’t get them those years back, but we can do our best to ensure that the harms aren’t compounded by old convictions hanging over people’s heads or new barriers locking them out of the market.” - Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno