States take steps to entice minority marijuana entrepreneurs
In this photo taken Thursday, May 11, 2017, Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business, poses in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts nationwide:
California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. The first retail sales are expected in January.
Oakland officials approved a program that initially sets aside half of the city’s marijuana licenses for low-income residents who have been convicted of a …