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Lanese Martin of The Hood Incubator to Talk Equity, Drug War at SXSW


Oakland, Calif. -- The Hood Incubator is excited to share that founding co-executive director Lanese Martin will talk cannabis justice and equity at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on March 14th, 2019. Martin will co-host a panel titled Evolution of a Pot Dealer, a discussion on the war on drugs, its targets, and how equity policies can help rectify decades of systemic and deliberate violence. Per the event description:

“As states around the U.S. and nations around the world rethink and rewrite their cannabis policies, what is happening to participants in the underground market? In the context of the war on drugs, which has disproportionately harmed communities of color, how can people who have been impacted by prohibition begin to profit from the newly aboveground industry? How can communities that have been devastated by criminalization compete with well-funded cannabis corporations?”

Martin joins Mona Zhang (founder and editor of Word on the Tree), Adam Vine (co-founder of Cage Free Cannabis) and Sonia Erika (co-founder of Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council), and together they will help amplify our cause of building economic and political power for Black communities harmed by the drug war.


From our program partner:


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019.

All donations to The Hood Incubator are 100% tax deductible via our fiscal sponsor, Social Good Fund     (Tax ID # 46-1323531)

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