Dope Grannies: The Weed Industry Is White, Not Green
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because Black Americans have not been the first to profit from legal weed, although they paid a heavy price when it was illegal.
By Charlotte Buchen
Episode 4 of Dope Grannies, a video series on senior citizens and marijuana.
Legal pot has quickly grown into a multibillion-dollar industry, and those profiting the most are young, white and male. Sue Taylor, an African-American former Catholic school principal and ordained minister, will definitely break that mold — provided she can get a permit to open her cannabis dispensary. First, she has to face a part of the community dead set against her plans: other older African-Americans. Taylor says they are the “hardest to convince” of the merits of medical marijuana and that for them a “drug is a drug.”
Watch the video to meet Ridgeway Smith, an African-American senior citizen who is in hard opposition to a marijuana dispensary opening in his neighborhood.
- Charlotte Buchen, Charlotte Buchen is a filmmaker who recently returned from living in Qatar to join OZY's video department. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Current TV, Newsweek.com and PBS FRONTLINE/World. She loves the ocean, a good story and live music. Follow Charlotte Buchen on TwitterContact Charlotte Buchen