After months of flip-flopping, the Canadian government has finally approved full federal legalization of recreational cannabis. On the night of June 19, Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, received final approval from lawmakers, with a Senate vote of 52 to 29. The bill legalizes adult use of cannabis while creating a framework of […]
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Historically, anti-cannabis campaigns have targeted people of color. Nearly a hundred years ago, prohibition was racialized initially against Mexican immigrants, following the Mexican Revolution of 1910 when a wave of newcomers headed north and cannabis became associated with Hispanic migrants. Despite claims these immigrants “introduced” the plant to the United States, there were many people […]
Cannabis is not immune to racism. The disproportionate targeting of people of color is deeply ingrained in the plant’s history, whether it’s violent border enforcement to keep “marijuana” — a xenophobic term that surfaced during the Great Depression to play up the plant’s scary-exotic, foreign qualities — and Mexican immigrants out of the United States, […]
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