A region of the Keystone State impoverished by industrial decline and ravaged by opioid addiction sees a future in medical cannabis. The promise of big profits and job creation continues to draw communities to the legal marijuana industry, particularly in places where the economy has long suffered.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Now is the time to stand up and do what is right. Show the American people that you are prepared to act differently than previous administrations, and take bold actions to correct injustices that have been part of our American landscape for far too long.
Hakeem Brown is unique. In the state of California, where black owned cannabis businesses are rare, Hakeem Brown owned and managed a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Vallejo from 2009-2012, when it was shut down as part of a multi dispensary raid. The raid was deemed unlawful and the city was required to return the money seized during the police action. Brown used this money to open up a new garden to grow for patients in Napa. This garden was raided and Brown was arrested for possession with intent to distribute despite possessing documentation confirming the medical nature of the garden. For four years the case has dragged on, with the judge limiting the ways in which those who were Brown’s patients can testify on his behalf.
Stories like Hakeem Brown’s are too common in a state that has all...