Uncle Luke: Black Entrepreneurs Will Be Left Out of Medical Marijuana Boom

There's big money being made in the marijuana legalization movement. But none if it is going to benefit African-Americans, the people who have suffered the most because of marijuana prohibition. Even the New York Times, in an op-ed column calling for an end to America's pot ban, admitted that marijuana laws target African-Americans: "Even worse," they wrote, "the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals."

Yet as Florida voters prepare to join 23 other states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, many African-Americans will not get the opportunity to get rich doing something they are already good at. If Amendment 2 passes in November, the state Department of Revenue projects medical marijuana businesses could make $5.6 billion in annual sales. Orlando attorney John Morgan has dumped $4 million into the cause, claiming he's doing it for sick people. But what about African-Americans? There is no incentive for us to vote for medical marijuana.

First of all, the American marijuana industry is also going to put Jamaica — where so much of the illicit crop is grown today — out of business. Second, dealing weed is the number-one occupation in the hood. But take a good look at the new generation of "ganjapreneurs." They are predominantly white men like Tripp Keber, a former Capitol Hill staffer during the Reagan administration. He owns Dixie Elixirs, a publicly traded marijuana edibles company, and he's been dubbed the "Willy Wonka of Weed."

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It's highly unlikely a black person can compete for Keber's title. The marijuana industry is not affording African-Americans a chance to be part of the green gold rush. One major reason is that felons, especially ones who served time on drug-related charges, are not allowed to work for marijuana businesses in states that have legalized weed for medical use or in the two states that have legalized it for recreational use.

Black people deserve the right to legally sell weed too.

 
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alvind.harris56
alvind.harris56

Hey Luke, you know it and I know there will always be  Black marijuana businesses making dollar's in the Hood's......305 and 786....for ever and hands down....!

alvind.harris56
alvind.harris56

Yup, it might the Black Entrepreneurs and to the real fact there is always going to be your Fiendly Neighborhood  marijuana dealer......24 / 7 and 7 day's a week 365 days a year....!

hannha
hannha

LMAO now i know that this world has officially gone mad! Are you seriously saying that this world is racist because they are making it legal to buy Marijuana? LOL So, basically what you are saying is that the only way black men are making money is because they are selling drugs illegally? Hmmm that my friend is actually pretty rude on your part! Are you saying that there are no entrepreneur black people? Because that's basically what I get out of your little article.... And do you EVER write about anything other then this whole freakin world being racist?!!! I think you need to go back to booty music! Because this writing thing isn't for you!

eagleonthemove
eagleonthemove

For God's sake, why does everything have to be racist? Could it be that more black men are in jail over marijuana because there were simply more black men selling it than white men? I don't see how that is racist. 

hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

I personally have seen SEVERAL black entrepreneurs in this industry - so you just aren't looking in the right places!

alvind.harris56
alvind.harris56

@eagleonthemove Hey dude, what Dafuck  do you think they hired Luke for....?  react like that emotional black man with a mythological nitwit attitude and get paid doing it.....mo money mo money mo money.....!

 
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