Asian-owned cannabis dispensary opens in Sacramento with help from city program – KCRA Sacramento

A new cannabis dispensary is open near the Greenhaven Pocket area, bringing more diversity to a multibillion-dollar industry historically led by white owners.The 1970s War on Drugs kicked off a campaign to increase federal drug control agencies to reduce illegal drugs in the country, thus disproportionately impacting communities of color and other marginalized groups.The Marijuana Policy Project estimates that 650,000 Americans face cannabis-related charges every year, with two-thirds of all people in state prisons for drug offenses being people of color. FBI data shows that half of all drug arrests are for cannabis.Today, the city of Sacramento’s Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) program – created in 2018 – assists communities impacted by the War on Drugs by providing essential assistance and resources that ensure equitable access and success in the legal cannabis industry.”There’s not very many options and access, and for me, it’s all about access to medicine for people. So being able to provide a safe place to provide with tested quality products to the community and neighborhood,” said Mindy Galloway, one of the owners of The Pocket Dispensary at the corner of Florin and South Land Park Drive in Sacramento.The business took more than two years,

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