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Minnesota legal marijuana advocates focus on racial equity



Kente Shivers served more than 30 months in prison for a cannabis posession charge. He wants the legal marijuana bill to pass so he can be eligible for expungement and start a cannabis business.

Marijuana is a burden of Kente Shivers' past, but he hopes it can be his lifeline to a better future.

He was charged with felony possession of marijuana in 2017 and sentenced to more than 30 months in prison, a criminal record that's made it nearly impossible to find work and housing since he was released last year.

Now, Minnesota legislators are debating legalizing marijuana for adults and creating a marketplace to sell it, framing it as a racial equity issue that will help address the economic disparities and the disproportionate toll drug offenses have taken on communities of color.


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