Marijuana advocate and volunteer Felicia Simpson rolls marijuana joins for the 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession in preparation for the cannabis giveaway on Capitol Hill to bring attention to the federal law restrictions that impede on local enforcement of marijuana policies. (Mark Mahoney/The Washington Informer)

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Are Blacks Being Smoked Out of Marijuana Dispensary Businesses?

Even as Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department is set to unveil the War on Drugs 2.0, sale of cannabis is legal throughout most of the county and one of its fastest-growing industries. It is poised to make billions of dollars and provide jobs to thousands. Yet for all its expected growth, very few people of color have been able to get in on the ground floor. [read more…]