As Marijuana Legalization Expands, Blacks and Latinos Find Themselves Left Behind
On Election Day, voters in four states voted to legalize the use of cannabis - making the use of recreational cannabis legal in 15 states.. This is as many Blacks and Latinos remain in prison for marijuana-related offenses. Director Erik Parker's new documentary, ‘Smoke: Marijuana + Black America,’ examines the history, criminalization, and business of marijuana. According to Parker, less than one percent of licenses for cannabis businesses have gone to Blacks and Latinos. Parker tells "CBS This Morning" national correspondent Jericka Duncan the story of Corvain Cooper who in 2014 was sentenced to life in prison in California for selling marijuana. While the state of California legalized recreational use of cannabis in 2016, Cooper remains in prison serving life.
"Smoke: Marijuana + Black America" premieres Wednesday, November 18 at 10 pm ET on BET, a division of ViacomCBS.