As more and more states start voting on legalizing marijuana, a multibillion dollar industry is starting to emerge. Many people in California, the biggest state to legalize so far, want to participate in the green rush.
Oakland is trying to stay ahead of the curve by promoting itself as a hub for marijuana entrepreneurs.
To combat diversity problems in the industry and help socioeconomically disadvantaged minorities start new marijuana businesses, the city launched the equity program to offer permits for victims of the war on drugs and people with marijuana-related convictions.
The program has good intentions, but to truly diversify the marijuana industry in Oakland, more needs to be done.