Enthusiasts call for cannabis fairness at Connecticut rally

As April 20 is considered an unofficial weed day, cannabis crowds have gathered to speak out and make demands about cannabis fairness.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Cannabis enthusiasts across Connecticut gathered outside the State Capitol on Wednesday morning to stress the importance of fairness in cannabis.

As April 20 is considered an unofficial weed day, cannabis crowds have gathered to speak out and make demands about cannabis fairness, including:

  • House Bill 5329 Murder – Cannabis enthusiasts say giving cannabis is not a crime, and those involved in giving or receiving cannabis as a gift don’t deserve to be penalized.
  • The release of all non-violent cannabis-related offenders incarcerated in Connecticut, the dismissal of all existing cases, and the expungement of the records of all non-violent offenders, regardless of quantity or intent, immediately and retroactively.
  • Fair and equitable representation of Connecticut’s hemp and CBD community.

“Until all prisoners and people incarcerated for marijuana are released, it still hasn’t been done; the job is not done,” stressed Joseph Accettullo of CT CannaWarriors. “We are here giving gifts while they are still people currently in prison.”

Brandi Marshall, the owner of B’s ​​Twisted Eats, agreed and said that was why it was vital for her to make the trip from New Haven to be part of the multi-state rally.

“And that’s why we need cannabis equity, because that’s what’s going to help us move forward and get our brothers and sisters out of incarceration,” Marshall explained passionately.

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Ivelisse Correa of ​​Black Lives Matter 860 said the war on drugs has impacted many marginalized communities. She said the demands made at the rally are a way to help promote social equity within the cannabis community, as equity and inclusion should be at the forefront of the marijuana industry. legalized.

“People are willing to buy licenses, and they’re willing to pay taxes if they have real market access, and right now that’s not possible,” Correa said.

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“To have real social equity, there needs to be a real gateway into the industry,” said Erin Doolittle of CT CannaWarriors.

And that’s the goal of the Social Equity Council, according to Ginne-Rae Clay, the council’s acting chief executive.

Additionally, they are responsible for including and encouraging those who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs to participate in the legalized cannabis industry.

“It’s about getting people who have been impacted by the Cannabis Prohibition Act to now actively and fairly participate and earn money, start businesses and improve their communities,” said Clay.

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As the state moves forward, Accettullo said there is still a lot to do.

“It’s good to celebrate 420, but it’s also good today to reflect on the fact that we need to keep pushing and not slow down just because they pass certain regulations in the state,” Accettullo said.

Raquel Harrington is the race and culture reporter for FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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