We need to do better
The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others are just that – murder – perpetuated by a system of racial discrimination. We are disgusted and outraged by these acts of violence that occur too often.
The history of cannabis prohibition is also one that is inherently and systemically racist. It has disproportionately ruined millions of Black and Brown lives, torn families apart, incarcerated many, and created a cycle of recidivism in the criminal justice system – all while largely excluding people of colour from the opportunity to profit from the legal market.
We stand united with those who are fighting for social equality.
We value our relationship with Social Justice organization Cage Free Cannabis and continue to support National Expungement Week, to expand access to record clearing legal services in communities that have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs, as well as bail resources for protestors.
We owe it to our employees and to the communities we serve to do more. This starts at home and we are getting our own house in order. Through internal training on unconscious bias, anti-racism, conscious allyship, and diversity recruiting, we are committed to supporting and empowering our teams.
Most importantly, we can’t allow the obligation to make meaningful change dissipate. In order to keep the important work of racial diversity top of mind in a sustainable way, we’ll be benchmarking our diversity and inclusion and publicly reporting on our progress.
We have a long way to go and we are committed to meaningful change.