Recent papers published in PNAS Nexus provides an in-depth review of the impact of the drug war on people of color, the disproportionate ownership of cannabis businesses in today’s industry, and how that impacts cannabis research data, and achieves comprehensiveness. Provides recommendations for improving presentation.
“Qualified”The impact of historical inequality and institutional power on cannabis research: Moving toward equity and inclusion.Authors of the study include Renee Martin Willett, Madeline Stanger, Wanda James, Angela D. Bryan, and L. Cinnamon Bidwell, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health , was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Aging, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
“Given historical inequalities in cannabis law and policy, there is an obligation on the part of researchers and policymakers to actively work to improve equity in cannabis research at a time when cannabis research is rapidly expanding. “There is,” the authors wrote in the study summary. “We want to acknowledge this history of discrimination and abuse of institutional power and propose a path forward for cannabis research that embraces equity and inclusivity.”
The drug war’s negative effects, especially on communities of color, are well known. However, the authors said there is a clear disconnect in the research regarding data suggesting that Hispanic, black, and white groups are all equally negatively affected. “As a result, existing mistrust of biomedical research institutions by communities of color may be exacerbated, particularly when it comes to substance use research and cannabis research.” written by the author. “Given this, we want to propose a path forward for cannabis research that acknowledges the history of discrimination and abuse of institutional power and embraces equity and inclusivity.”
This paper is divided into three parts. A detailed look at the history of cannabis policy and enforcement, a discussion of more contemporary legalization trends and how they are impacting current cannabis research, and a discussion of how future cannabis research can be made more “productive and inclusive.” This is a proposal to turn it into something. ”
The historical section of the paper outlines the expansion of the drug war and its impact on the Hispanic community. “Despite the fact that few people in the Hispanic community use marijuana, and that many Mexican-Americans view marijuana use as a ‘symbol of inferiority,’ white legislators in the western and southeastern United States The authors explained that “racist language was used in the debate for the ban, but it was happening because of fears surrounding increased use by white youth.” The President’s Crime Commission Report calls drug policy “discriminatory and ineffective,” but the effect of labeling marijuana as a Schedule I drug in 1971 has led to millions of millions of Americans suffering from “significant racial disparities in arrest rates.” Several Americans were indicted.
Fast forward to today, these prosecutions have had a long-lasting impact on the community. Other studies have found that an incarceration history can lead to “recidivism and future mental and physical health problems” and “cause or worsen financial hardship, making it difficult to get a job, secure business or personal loans, or work in certain industries.” These include working, getting involved in politics, getting or holding a green card, and receiving federal benefits such as student loans.” This often leads to lower graduation rates and children’s mental and physical health. This leads to a decline in health.
The authors also point out that while the cannabis industry has flourished due to increased legalization and the “green rush,” it is largely owned by “wealthy white men.” “So while this growing industry has the potential to benefit minority owners, the legacy of racist drug policies continues. Historical drug policies have marginalized communities of color. Although disproportionately targeted, legalization has disproportionately enriched wealthy white communities.” they explained.
Many states have implemented equity-oriented policies, such as expungement services and withholding a certain number of licenses for social equity applicants, but have lost initial momentum and The species community is unable to move forward and “frustration and resentment continue to grow.” the authors stated.
The authors provide quotes showing that there is a lack of diversity in biomedical research, particularly in cannabis research, leading to mistrust of research and medical institutions by communities of color. Additionally, only one study analyzed how participation in cannabis research is influenced by participants’ perceived bias. “Additional research is desperately needed in this area, but due to the historical realities of inequitable cannabis policy and enforcement, the stigma associated with cannabis use, and widespread distrust of cannabis, a more comprehensive We hypothesize that there may be significant barriers to building a cannabis research enterprise: a biomedical research facility.” the authors stated.
In the final section of the paper, the authors propose recommendations to improve future cannabis and biomedical research. This includes his three main steps. First, to “follow best practices in ethical research design,” including by improving the representation of minorities as research participants and reducing mistrust between minority groups and research studies. The second is to “support the entry, retention, and retention of scientists from underrepresented groups,” including collecting demographic data to improve their STEM outcomes and This includes providing financial support to STEM students, making courses more inclusive, and more. Finally, it “supports more equitable cannabis policies at the state and federal level.” It proposes deferring cannabis timelines and providing more support to marginalized groups, including federal bankruptcy protection, minority-focused policies, greater inclusion, and improved banking access. .
Countless generations of people of color have been disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs, creating a ripple effect of minority success and inclusion in today’s cannabis industry. “We need to challenge these power structures at the state and federal level with equity-focused laws and policies, support the entry and retention of scientists of color into the field, commit to more ethical research practices, and “Practicing inclusive participant recruitment will help move society forward in the field of cannabis research.” The authors concluded. “But importantly, these measures will also help ensure that the economic benefits of industry and the scientific benefits of research are shared equitably.”
The main points of this paper are summarized in this article, whole text A thorough source of information for the cannabis industry to read, understand, and help enact in the near future.