On 4/20, Feminist Conversations Shift to the War on Drugs

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Over 61 percent of federally incarcerated women were charged with nonviolent drug offenses—and black women, Native American women and Latinas more likely to serve time than their white counterparts. (Branson ‘Breaking the Taboo’ on drugs/ YouTube)

This year on 4/20 Day, cannabis-enthusiasts everywhere will celebrate without their buds, from the comfort of their homes.

But as many Americans consume cannabis without worry, misogyny and racism prevent minority communities from enjoying the holiday—as they have since the beginning of the War on Drugs in the 1970s.

Intersectional feminism and the War on Drugs are two inherently-tied social movements, though perhaps not obvious at first glance. 

Over 61 percent of federally incarcerated women were charged with nonviolent drug offenses—and black women,…

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