The Cannabis Alliance is committed to addressing the harm caused by the war on drugs and our Equity and Justice Committee is designated to seek opportunities to affect material and lasting change. The committee has worked with partners like Last Prisoner Project and Clearviction to learn how to best support Washingtonians expunge their record on nonviolent cannabis misdemeanors. Including our past Webinar Wednesday on December 14th with Clearviction providing a step by step guide to record expungement. The committee has brought educational speakers like writer and disability rights advocate, Imani Barbarin, Rep. Tara Simmons and the committee has organized panels discussing re-entry for formerly incarcerated community members, equity efforts across the state, and arrest protection for patients. We have prioritized valued partners like The Full Spectrum with sponsorship and sharing our platform for educational content like The Queer History of Cannabis and Rainbow Washing among others. The Equity and Justice Committee has also supported ongoing efforts to build stronger bridges with tribal partners to develop opportunities for collaboration and demonstrate support for tribal sovereignty.
As the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force is finalizing its report, The Cannabis Alliance Equity and Justice Committee understands that the work is just beginning. We are excited to announce The Cannabis Alliance Equity Policy Grant. This $15,000 grant will be awarded to one recipient who has proposed a specific piece of legislation to address infrastructure and equity needs in Washington state cannabis. The recipient will have a year to engage in stakeholder feedback, coalition building, and to find sponsorship. In that time, the recipient will be supported with the full backing of The Cannabis Alliance, our legislative team, and our partnerships.
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