Legalized pot was supposed to help build black wealth in Los Angeles. It failed

Social equity programs were supposed to correct the disparities of the war on drugs as marijuana became legal. What went wrong?
The New Republic (US)
Monday, April 4, 2022

us legalization social justiceBack in 2017, Los Angeles was among the first places in the United States to legalize weed with social equity in mind. Today, social equity dominates the conversation about who should be allowed to sell legal pot, with programs planned or up and running in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Virginia, Arizona, and more. But behind the corporate rhetoric and the political promises are sobering numbers and widespread frustration with how social equity has harmed some of the exact people the programs are meant to help. In the five years since a plan was outlined in Los Angeles, 1,629 people became verified as social equity applicants, but only about 35 retailers have opened.