That benefit of legalization, I fear, is being a bit oversold in California. Ask Candi CdeBaca. Legalizing pot hasn’t started to solve decades of inequities in her neighborhood because not enough people there have made social justice a priority.
"We were told that legalization would take drugs out of our community," says Candi CdeBaca, a community activist who grew up in the mostly Latino and poor Denver neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea. " The drugs stayed—and the drug dealers changed."
Recreational marijuana businesses have proliferated so rapidly in some of Denver’s poorer neighborhoods during the past two years that city officials are exploring ways to disperse future growth more evenly.