Legal Cannabis & Social Equity: A Panel Discussion

How should we legalize cannabis in Minnesota? While a disproportionate number of those in prison for drug crimes are black, former drug warriors like John Boehner have made millions off the expansion of legal cannabis.

Activists and legislators in states like Massachusetts and California have tried to create an equitable market, but multiple hurdles have led to massive inequities in legal markets throughout the country. 

Creating a socially equitable cannabis market is something that must be done in Minnesota. This is an important issue for activists, future cannabis entrepreneurs, and policy makers alike. 

Join the Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization and the Minnesota Cannabis College on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 for a public viewing of an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj entitled “The Legal Marijuana Industry Is Rigged” followed by a panel discussion on Social Equity and Legal Cannabis in Minnesota. Those streaming on Facebook Live will be able to ask the panelists questions throughout the panel discussion. 

6:30 p.m. – Public Viewing of The Legal Marijuana Industry Is Rigged, an episode of the Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.

7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion on Social Equity & Legal Cannabis in Minnesota


  • Marcus Harcus, Executive Director of the Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization
  • Jason Ortiz, Board President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association
  • Dasheeda Dawson, Cannabis Program Supervisor, City of Portland, Oregon

Panel Moderator: Tanner Berris, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Cannabis College