By Sam Levin, The Guardian
His criminal record and subsequent incarceration for marijuana offenses made it impossible for him to own and operate the business he had created. Instead, his sister, Nina Parks, took over Mirage Medicinal while Weitz languished behind bars.
Weitz’s predicament sheds light on what activists have increasingly identified as a major injustice in the burgeoning pot industry: underground growers and drug dealers have been systematically shut out, and victims of the war on drugs have been unable to participate in the booming marijuana economy.
“The irony for me is that we’re going to keep out everybody who has been convicted of transporting or selling narcotics from the business of transporting and selling narcotics,” Weitz said, “which is essentially what you call colonialism. We’re going to land on your land, use all of your resources, and you can’t be involved in profiting from it. It’s totally insane.”
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