NACB Announces Social Equity Policy Guidelines at Critical Moment for Cannabis
10/02/2020

National Association of Cannabis Businesses has released Social Equity Policy Guidelines to relieve the socioeconomic effects caused by cannabis criminalization

Online PR News – 02-October-2020 – Corona, CA – (October 1, 2020 - Corona, CA) Today, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) released Social Equity Policy Guidelines (SEP) to help relieve the adverse socioeconomic effects caused by cannabis criminalization.

The Guidelines come at a critical juncture between social and cannabis awareness, as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement captures global attention and a congressional vote on Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is anticipated later this year.

While acknowledging these influences on the global and national level, NACB’s recommendations are aimed at the state level, providing state policymakers with an actionable roadmap for righting the structural, financial, and emotional harm from decades of arrests, convictions, and incarcerations from cannabis-related crimes.

“After decades of the war on drugs that disproportionately and unjustly marginalized communities of color, these guidelines would set states and communities on the right path toward social equity,” said Gina Kranwinkel, president and CEO of NACB. “Across the country, Black Americans on average are arrested at three and a half times the rate of White Americans for cannabis-related offenses—and in some states, the ratio is much, much higher.”

The NACB Social Equity Guidelines create a means to identify geographical impact areas where the War on Drugs has caused a disproportionate amount of social and economic damage. Moving forward, the Guidelines recommend automatic expungement of a person’s record if arrested or convicted of a cannabis-related activity that is no longer illegal under today’s law. (Expungement criteria have already been established in California, Colorado, Illinois, and New Jersey.) Applicants must meet to qualify for cannabis business licenses and the benefits for which successful license applicants will be eligible.

“The idea behind our proposals is to ensure the success of social equity licensees once they have been selected,” said Kranwinkel. “Running successful cannabis businesses in these disproportionately impacted areas will be challenging. It will require technical assistance from state economic development agencies, reductions in application and license fees to ease the barriers of entry into the market, and access to capital through low-cost loans.”

The Social Equity Policy Guidelines and other best practices endorsed by NACB, can be reviewed at the website, http://www.nacb.com