"Across the country, the pot industry nationwide is overwhelmingly white. One often-cited survey found that fewer than one percent of the nation's marijuana dispensaries are owned by black people. Another survey extended that question to all minorities, and found that less than 19 percent of the nation's marijuana businesses have minority investors. With the federal prohibition of marijuana still in place, data remains woefully inadequate on the exact makeup of the nation's marijuana business owners. But if the last survey is accurate, that means a whopping 81 percent of the nation's marijuana businesses are white-owned.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a California Democrat and progressive leader who was first sent to Washington by Oakland voters in 1998, is set on changing that. [Read more...]"