Ten Recommendations for Prioritizing Social Justice & Equity in California’s Marijuana Laws

Drug Policy Alliance

The harms caused by past marijuana policies under prohibition require that new marijuana policies and legal regulations include opportunities to address and repair past harms and inequities. As California’s new marijuana policies are implemented across the state and within local jurisdictions, we have a unique opportunity to acknowledge and address the unequal harms of prohibition on low-income, Black and Latinx communities. A primary strategy for repairing these inequities is to create opportunities for low-income, black, and Latinx people to obtain an equitable stake in the legal marijuana market. These policy recommendations are designed to best promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the marijuana industry.