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6th Jun 2020

The Buzz - Episode 28

In the wake of worldwide protests for racial justice due to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis (among many others), Jocelyn speaks to Alex Aquino about race and social equity in cannabis. Cannabis and race have been intertwined for years, and Jocelyn takes a minute to talk about how and why that is that case. Social Equity programs exist in some California cities, and they are needed more than ever to make reparations for the harm that the war on drugs has done to communities of color. 

You can read about some of the history here: https://blog.norml.org/2020/06/01/marijuana-legalization-and-the-fight-for-racial-justice/#gsc.tab=0 and also about why there has been little progress in terms of racial disparities in arrests for cannabis possession here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2020/04/20/on-420-aclu-highlights-racist-marijuana-enforcement-in-new-report/#5245d1e17487  

Alex Aquino is an entrepreneur, a music promoter, and an activist in Northern California. His company, Black Scale, https://black-scale.com sells streetwear coast to coast and in Asia. He was one of the earliest promoters of live hip-hop in the Bay Area, managing artists including The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Mix Master Mike (beastie boys), Dj Apollo, Dj Qbert and DJ Shortkut, and producing over 1500 live shows in the Bay Area including Rock the Bells (San Francisco)  from 2005- 2013 to The 1st Music festival on NASA Ames center in Mountain View with the Black Keys, N.E.R.D l, and Common. Alex also touches on the Last Prisoner Project, https://www.lastprisonerproject.org a non profit with a mission to release those still incarcerated for cannabis offenses.  

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The Buzz
The Coachella Valley's Conversation About Cannabis
Since the legalization of medicinal and recreational Cannabis in California, the Coachella Valley is a region that has a vibrant presence in this young marketplace.

The Buzz introduces listeners to a wide variety of information and the enterprises serving the local market. From interviews with dispensary and lounge operators, natural wellness practitioners, public policy advocates and regulators, growers, edible product manufacturers, canna-tourism entrepreneurs and more, this weekly program is chock full of interesting dialogue about all-things-Weed!

The program is hosted by Jocelyn Kane, Vice President of CVCAN - the Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network.

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