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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.


Sam Peterson
Sam Peterson
I treat my bone spurs with pot, weed, dope, marihuana and other forms of the cannabis plant.


  1. Avatar Angeles says:

    Bravo! Is it any surprise that the people most attacked in recent years (through alt right media/ 9.11 fear-mongering) are now the very people championing the U.S. government and providing essential trauma relief medicine to “the People” who now are addicted to pills & violence? That’s how powerfully healing cannabis is, ushering in a whole new era of hip/hop “peace & love” where none expected it. From Arabs? Of course! Why not? Ganja is as old as the bible.

    As I’ve said before, Ganja is the HEALING OF OUR NATIONS . It alone has the power to heal all racism and discrimination, if given the chance.

    I celebrate and honor the Arabs for their victory over fear ignorance & violence from American cannabis prohibition, and choosing instead to help people. At the same time, I’m not surprised. They’re smart people and that’s what America needs right now.

    But lest we forget… BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!! I believe the vanguard of this revolution, our beloved Black Community, are still locked inside prisons poverty and ghettos for doing the very thing for which we now applaud the Arabs. My heart goes out to them and their families… We must demand their “exodus” from the unbearable whiteness of cannabis legislation. Their valor & sacrifice shall not be in vain.

    Troops, we got plenty of work to do.

    ” Never say “die” … up man & try!”

  2. Avatar Dennis Pielack says:

    Who wrote this dumb article? a 25 yr old who hasn’t been around long enough to know it was the smokers of the sixties who started the movement and kept it burning all these years paying the high price for loving marijuana and along the way making it most difficult to lay blame or fault on marijuana users because of their harmless safe use setting the stage for legalization today and preserving the opportunity for the Arabs who immigrated into Michigan to cash in on the jail time, court costs, forfeitures, fines, fees, and work of others.

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