Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Partners with NHCC to Highlight Cannabis Industry Opportunities for Latinos
Apr 21, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer teamed up with National Hispanic Cannabis Council Executive Director Antonio Valdez for a guest column in Univision News about "How Latinos can benefit from the fast-growing cannabis economy."
For far too long, Latinos have borne the brunt of [the War on Drugs] without fully reaping the benefits of a fast-growing cannabis industry. That is why it’s imperative for Congress to quickly act to establish a federal standard for cannabis legalization and regulation.
This will help put an end to the unfair treatment of Latinos and other communities of color by removing cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances. And critically, this will allow Latinos to participate in the cannabis economy.
Data shows that Latinos care about cannabis legalization both from a social justice and economic perspective. Although the War on Drugs helped establish long-held taboos around cannabis among Hispanic families, those views appear to be fading as more Latinos are recognizing the enormous economic potential of the cannabis industry in helping build the sort of generational wealth that has long evaded communities of color in this country.
The National Hispanic Cannabis Council knows this all too well. At the core of their mission is the goal to break down cultural barriers and educate people on the health and wellness power of cannabis. By doing this, we can better address the underrepresentation of Latinos in this industry and help provide new job opportunities.
Vicente Sederberg is proud to be a founding member of the NHCC, and three of our attorneys currently sitting on the NHCC Board of Directors: Jennifer M. Cabrera, Jerrico Perez, and board president Brian Vicente.
The NHCC is a purpose-driven nonprofit organization, created by progressive thought leaders in the cannabis business to address the current underrepresentation of U.S. Hispanics participating in the cannabis industry, demystify the health and wellness power of cannabis, and break down the long held cultural taboos towards cannabis in the Hispanic community. Learn more about the NHCC and how to become a member at https://nhccouncil.org.