High there blogees! Isn’t it a lovely day for another #WCW?
Let’s get to it! Today’s feature is a little different from the others, as she does not own or operate a cannabis business or organization. Meet Ayanna Pressley, first woman of color ever elected to the Boston City Council! You’re still wondering why she’s here though, right?
Getting to that soon. Pressley is community focused and driven to assisting families, women, children, and those in poverty. She created and is chairperson of Boston City Council’s Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities. She works to give the disenfranchised and underrepresented communities equal opportunities at employment, housing, and healthcare. Additionally, she provides avenues of success for pregnant/parenting teens, sexual assault survivors, and families of homicide victims. She started Elevate Boston, a coalition to ensure and encourage the issues affecting women and the LGBTQ communities were highlighted in that year’s mayoral race.
…so it should be no surprise that she championed a bill that addresses the racial disparities in the cannabis industry. The Minority Cannabis Business Association created the The Model Bill that identifies how legalization does not equally effect communities affected by the war on drugs. Pressley did something very similar back in 2014 with liquor, reforming a bill and providing new licenses of which a majority were restricted to underserved communities.
Ayanna Pressley, the cannabis community thanks you. Because equalizing the business and legal playing field for all people benefits all people.
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