As marijuana legalization spreads, states are looking at different ways to ensure those most affected by decades of racially biased anti-drug policies have a leg up.
Under a special program, New Jersey prioritizes granting licenses to dispensaries run by people with marijuana convictions on their records.
Lawmakers hope that by making equity a cornerstone of their newly legalized markets, those who dealt marijuana in the illegal, or “legacy,” market will be persuaded to go legit.
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Inside New Jersey’s Push to Get Ex-Cons Into Cannabis Capitalism