Katree Darriel Saunders is another victim of America's failed war on Drugs. In 2011, she was arrested due to Las Vegas’ Operation Chronic Problem, in what was truly just the entire Vegas medical cannabis community's attempt to help patients find safe alternatives to opioid addiction. Now, a decade later, she’s still paying for it.
“In my opinion, the entire industry making billions is built off the backs of those who did it illegally. There would be no legal industry had not folks been doing it illegal for the last 60 years. There would be no market for it, no one would’ve been smoking it, no one would’ve been consuming it.” - Evelyn LaChapelle
As the world screams “Black Lives Matter!,” many institutions are looking inward to examine their role in how we got here. Nowhere requires more introspection than the legal cannabis industry.
Imagine sitting in a cell for years, decades, or even life, convicted of an activity that is no longer a crime, while thousands of other people build intergenerational wealth doing exactly the same thing.