Today we pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, truly one of America’s greatest ever.
Dr. King put his life on the line for freedom, equality and justice. He demanded the respect and dignity he so richly deserved.
And though I personally aspire for a truly equal society where we are all judged by the content of our character, we all know America just isn’t there yet. As a member of the privileged race, I’m hesitant to mention Dr. King at all for fear of drawing parallels that might understandably insult others.
Dr. King was a huge influence on me during my college days. I read Letters From The Birmingham Jail and marveled at his courage, and more so, his ability to have an impact. I was awe inspired by Dr. King’s ability to effect change.
As the year 2020 dawns, America’s racial relations haven’t come as far as I would have hoped back in the 80’s. To all who daily suffer the malignment and marginalization that comes with a darker color of skin, I want to offer one small ray of hope, an opportunity to work for social justice.
My company is producing the Cannabis Public Policy Conference. We have a breakout session titled Social Equity on Day 2 of the conference. The broad concept of social equity in the cannabis industry is simple enough – minority communities paid a heavy toll due to the federal government’s misguided War On Drugs. Now that weed is legal, this is an opportunity to make amends with those communities.
We still have a couple of open panelist slots for our Social Equity session. If you or someone you know would be a good contributor to a panel devising proposed solutions on how the emerging cannabis industry can lift up minority communities once disproportionately targeted by the War On Drugs, please email
Let’s all continue to do our part to achieve Dr. King’s vision for America.

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