Over at Ministry of Hemp, I wrote about our feelings about the current Black Lives Matter uprising and how it ties to the hemp and cannabis industries:
In this time of extraordinary global protest, hemp advocates and the hemp industry must live up to our ideals by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and working towards real change.
Going even further, our involvement can’t stop with just the protests. In order to build an ethical and sustainable industry, we need to be active participants in undoing the damage that the War on Drugs caused. We need to lobby to defund police forces which grew out of control during this “war.”
At Ministry of Hemp, we often celebrate the ways hemp crosses political boundaries. Across the political spectrum, people see the potential in hemp and its ability to change the world. However, we believe that this is not a political issue but a human rights issue, and it would be wrong for the hemp industry to remain silent.
Now that we’ve achieved legal hemp, we must use our platform to be a part of healing the damage caused by centuries of systemic racism, a not insignificant part of which grew out of the sprawling War on Drugs.