Black Farmers have been locked out of NC’s medical marijuana bill
North Carolina is on the verge of legalizing the sale and production of medical marijuana. In an industry projected to generate $15 billion in annual sales nationally by 2025, that should be good news for N.C. businesses and farmers who’ve been hit hard by declining global markets in recent years.
But what about Black farmers, Black entrepreneurs, and the Black community? Where do we fit in the projected growth of this new industry? The answer is nowhere. As Senate Bill 3 is written, we are locked out.