For those of you who don’t know why 420 is trending today, take a hit of this: people all over the world are celebrating (in a really subdued way) the plant cannabis, better known as marijuana, or more colloquially, weed.
For Black folks, far too many have faced incarceration and worse for possession of the drug, but despite vows to crack down by the Department of Justice, laws and culture have become relaxed toward it and an industry of marijuana dispensaries and advocacies have emerged behind it. So where are we in this equation? Unfortunately way behind. Buzzfeed reported last year that African-Americans own about 1 percent of the 3,200 to 3,600 retail marijuana dispensaries in the country.