Marijuana and Social Justice: Implications for Regulation in California

Oakland, CA

Please join us for this important conversation. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Deborah Peterson Small (Break the Chains)
  • Matt Haney (Commissioner, Board of Education, SF Unified School District)
  • Bruce Mirken (Greenlining Institute)
  • Dr. Lakisha Jenkins (California Cannabis Industry Association)

Space is limited. RSVP to sfrsvp@drugpolicy.org to reserve a seat.

Oakland Conference Center
California Endowment
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

Marijuana policies are changing around the country. Medical marijuana laws, decriminalization, and the legalization of marijuana for adults in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia have many people asking what’s next for California, including a 2016 ballot initiative.

Marijuana has been decriminalized in California since the 1970’s, and California became the first state to allow the medical use of marijuana in 1996. Yet marijuana laws continue to be enforced in racially disparate ways, with African Americans and Latinos more likely to be arrested for marijuana in California, despite using it at similar rates to whites.

In considering the next steps for California’s marijuana policies, it is important to look at how changes may affect the communities traditionally most affected by marijuana prohibition. How can legalization address racial and economic justice concerns? How do we ensure the health and well-being of our communities? How can we ensure equity in the growing marijuana industry?

Lunch will be provided.
Hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance.