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CA NAACP Chair: Marijuana is a civil rights issue




An employee holds one of several strains of medical marijuana sold at a dispensary in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, Feb. 29, 2016. In November, California voters could decide to make recreational marijuana use legal.
An employee holds one of several strains of medical marijuana sold at a dispensary in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, Feb. 29, 2016. In November, California voters could decide to make recreational marijuana use legal.
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There's another big push to legalize recreational pot during California's November ballot.

If it passes, the state could join the likes of Colorado enjoying the GREEN rush - the economic boom around the sale of weed.

But not everyone is reaping the benefits. A recent Buzzfeed investigation found just one percent of black marijuana entrepreneurs in the U.S. are black.

This is in stark contrast to the high number of African Americans imprisoned for pot-related offenses.  

Alice Huffman, Chair of the California NAACP tells Take Two's A. Martinez that this means people of color are being locked out of the financial riches weed can bring.