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High school students view it as a pastime. Entrepreneurs see an up-and-coming industry. White celebrities and suburbanites flaunt it as their quirk.
Alarming rates of Black people are still in prison for it.
The recent prominence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has reignited the fight against police brutality, along with a plethora of other issues that harm Black and lower-income communities. One issue that has come to light is the legalization of marijuana. This is not necessarily a plea for sweeping legislation, but rather a reexamination of who has benefited from its legalization, and who its criminalization has hurt.
In recent years, many states have legalized marijuana, reduced sentencing for possession, or decriminalized it. In all but three states, it is legal for medical use, and eleven states have legalized its recreational use. This has prompted the growth of