September 25, 2022

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Hispanics Still Waiting on Rightful Rewards From Legal Marijuana

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Cannabis and the Hispanic community have a long connection in America, and that relationship is as dark as it is deep.

“Marijuana,” perhaps the most common word used to describe the plant in the United States, is of Latin American origin. The term was quickly weaponized against Spanish-speaking communities and cannabis users in the early 1900s, however, with law enforcement and the feds attaching a racist connotation to it. Decades later, the country’s first federal cannabis arrest involved a Mexican-American man: Moses Baca was arrested (in Denver, no less) in 1937 for buying and possessing a quarter-ounce of pot, for which he served over a year in prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Hispanics have often been on the painful side of America’s cannabis story, and the community is still…

Thomas Mitchell

2022-09-16 05:58:00

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