Rita Thompson

Emerald contributor since June 2019

Cannabis Decriminalization Went Into Effect in Virginia This Week

Earlier this spring (May 21st, 2020), Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation to decriminalize cannabis possession and reduce penalties for [...]

Simple Things you can do to Help Legalize Cannabis in Your State

If you are looking to support cannabis legalization in your state, and beyond, see below for the Emerald’s list below [...]

L.A. Proposes Large Changes to Social Equity Program

The city of L.A. adopted the Social Equity Program in September 2019, according to the city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation [...]

Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker Call for Cannabis Legalization in Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Amongst the array of much-needed reforms is the criminalization of cannabis that continues to disproportionately affect communities of color.  

Nevada Passes Resolution to Pardon More Than 15,000 Cannabis Convictions

The Nevada State Board of Pardons Commissioners has unanimously passed a resolution to pardon those convicted of minor cannabis offenses. 

Conscious Consumption: 100+ Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses to Support Right Now

It is important now more than ever to become conscious cannabis consumers. This list of 100 Black-owned cannabis businesses is [...]

Diversity Could be Coming to Denver’s Legal Cannabis Industry

Since President Nixon’s declaration of the War on Drugs in 1971, our country has been fighting a racially charged battle. 

What the Black Lives Matter Protests Have Accomplished in Just Two Weeks

As anger and hurt continues to grow, protests are going strong across the U.S. and the rest of the world [...]

We Will Persist: What the Media Is Leaving out of Protest Coverage

Regardless of what's going down at these protests, the nature of the mainstream continues to miss the entire point.