Skin color does not matter. Good people from all pigment types have helped to move the needle forward regarding cannabis legalization in America. From my perspective, those of middle eastern descent have stepped up significantly.
Michigan is ground zero right now for pot legalization in this country. Two groups are working hard gathering signatures asking voters to approve of legal marijuana.
The leading proposal, MiLegalize campaign, is paid for chiefly by Wild Bills, the 5th largest tobacco retailer in the United States. The company is owned by an Arab American.
In Detroit, the majority of the city’s 100+- dispensaries are unproportionately owned by Arab American entrepreneurs.
A lot of factors contribute to this correlation. For one, Arab Americans are more likely to own retail space suitable (geographically) to house a dispensary. It could also be possible that Arab Americans are more likely to operate a retail business in general compared with other groups. Or, perhaps, a more obvious argument, recent immigrants to America and their children are most likely to think different.
One of these ganjapreneurs is George Brikho. George owns growing stores, multiple dispensaries and has contributed through local activism by passing measures in several Michigan cities that decriminalizes the plant. George unsuccessfully ran for US Congress in 2014. His campaign supported full legalization.
Most notably, the State of Michigan ‘unofficially’ appointed Ron Boji, an Arab American businessman to control the State’s new medical marijuana regulatory scheme that takes effect later this year.
In Michigan, Arab Americans really do lead the way in normalizing marijuana.