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“The lack of minority representation is especially fraught, given that research shows African Americans were disproportionately arrested and incarcerated during the war on drugs. Now that marijuana is seen as a legitimate business, advocates argue that minorities should also reap the profits.
“’Here’s a drug that for years has been the bane of the minority community, sending young people to jail by the boatloads,’ Hill said. ‘Now, it could be a boon to these communities, but minorities have been left out.’”