Toronto marijuana arrests reveal ‘startling’ racial divide

By JIM RANKIN Feature reporter, SANDRO CONTENTA News Staff Reporters and Andrew Bailey Data Analyst | Toronto Star | July 7th 2017 Black people with no history of criminal convictions have been three times more likely to be arrested by Toronto police for possession of small amounts of marijuana than white people with similar backgrounds, according to a Toronto Star analysis. They’ve also been more likely to be detained for bail, the data shows. The disparity is largely due to targeting of Black people by Toronto police, according to criminologists and defence lawyers interviewed by the Star, who note that surveys show little difference in marijuana use Read More …

“Whitewashed” Canada’s legal weed industry has a diversity problem

By Rachel Browne on Jun 1, 2017 Scanning through images of the top brass at Canada’s legal medical cannabis industry reveals a sea of white. Almost all 45 of the federally licensed producers (LPs) are run by white men. They’re currently the only businesses legally allowed to cultivate and sell the product, and only for those with medical prescriptions. And they’re the companies that will continue to lead the recreational market, which the government plans to implement by next year. VICE News asked every LP for detailed diversity information about their executive boards and senior management, and any inclusion initiatives Read More …