Illinois is currently making headlines for expunging nearly 500K cannabis arrest records. While this feat cannot be dismissed – where are the new dispensaries? Illinois made nearly $1 billion in cannabis sales in 2020 and as it stands there are no Black-owned dispensaries, cultivators, or cannabis brands in the state.
Corruption and greed have certainly played a role in delaying the licensing process, but how can we move forward when those at the top influence legislation? The team from TRUE Social Equity in Cannabis joins us to provide action steps for those who want to see change in Illinois and advice for those creating social equity programs in other states.
Vitoria Herring, Chief Strategist & Marketing Officer, S.E.E.N
Tyrone Muhammad, Executive Director, Ex-Con’s for Community & Social Change (ECCSC)
Anna Rose Ii-Epstein, Director, TRUE Social Equity in Cannabis