California has long gotten flack for not being an inclusive space for social equity and taking the steps some other states have as far as inclusion. Now, a group of social equity leaders from across the state who make up the California Cannabis Equity Alliance are planning a protest that will lay out their demands and wishes for the state. 

This Monday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. PST, on the west steps of the State capitol, the group is going to meet and lay out their “vision for economic justice and fairness” in the state’s cannabis industry. 

Speakers at the event will include Kika Keith, president of the Social Equity Owners and Workers Association in Las Angeles; Malaki Amen, Executive Director of California Urban Partnership/Institute for MORE in Sacramento; Nina Parks Director of Equity Trade for Original Equity Group in San Francisco; Lanese Martin, director of The Hood Incubator in Oakland; Cesar Casamayor of The People’s Dispensary in Fresno and Amber Senter, director of SuperNova Women in Oakland. 

“California made some progress in reinvesting cannabis tax revenue to support youth programs and address  severe trauma, but the state continues to ignore the business development problems created by its legacy of racialized marijuana policy enforcement,”

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