A top pot proponent is calling a report on the addictive nature of weed “utterly ridiculous” and “insulting” for suggesting minorities could be swayed more by marijuana marketers.
Jim Borghesani, a recreational pot advocate and leader of the 2016 cannabis legalization campaign, said the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance’s statement of concern regarding the risks of commercial marijuana use is “appalling.”
That report targets high-potency weed sold at the state’s 19 pot shops that a group of over 40 Massachusetts doctors and scientists said could harm users. The report also calls out the state’s social equity program for targeting low-income areas for retail pot shops, possibly creating health disparities.
“The stereotyping of minority communities being more ‘vulnerable’ to cannabis marketing, which is greatly restricted under Massachusetts law, is unfortunate and insulting,” Borghesani said.
He accused the organization, and its affiliated group of physicians who authored the statement, of advancing racial stereotypes about cannabis use by “calling on Massachusetts regulators to temporarily suspend licensing of social equity applicants.”
“It’s utterly ridiculous,” Borghesani added.
The social equity program referenced in the report was created by the Cannabis Control Commission and designed to give people jobs in the marijuana industry if they or their family