What's Race Got To Do With It? A Cannabis Industry Policy Analysis Using Critical Race Theory

dc.contributor.advisorRobbins, Susan P.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLechuga-Peña, Stephanie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBorja, Sharon
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMaschi, Tina
dc.creatorMohr-Avitia, Gabriella
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-2407-1749
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-24T20:18:23Z
dc.date.available2024-01-24T20:18:23Z
dc.date.createdDecember 2023
dc.date.issued2023-12
dc.date.updated2024-01-24T20:18:24Z
dc.description.abstractThe evolution from cannabis prohibition to a lucrative business opportunity presents a complex social landscape in the United States. As of October 2023, 24 states have fully legalized recreational and medical marijuana. This shift has prompted agencies like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to argue that marijuana legalization is a racial justice issue since racialized communities have suffered the most from marijuana prohibition. Using Critical Race Theory and a qualitative content analysis methodology of 23 written policies from California, Nevada, and Washington state, this study examined the role of race in the written policies. The final 23 policies analyzed were chosen after data immersion. Thematic coding was used in Dedoose software The findings revealed that all three states (1) were written from a colorblind perspective, (2) gave power to either an appointed board of the state itself, (3) required financial and social capital to have access to marijuana business licenses, (4) Washington state compared to the other states had written action to serve the community, and (5) Nevada used problematic language in their policy that may hinder access compared to the other states. Findings indicate that colorblind policies may perpetuate racial inequities in the cannabis industry. More research on other states and racial equity needs to be conducted to deepen understanding of racial equity and the cannabis industry.
dc.description.departmentSocial Work, Graduate College of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/16161
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectMarijuana policy
dc.subjectCannabis policy
dc.subjectCritical Race Theory
dc.subjectRacial Equity
dc.subjectDrug Policy
dc.titleWhat's Race Got To Do With It? A Cannabis Industry Policy Analysis Using Critical Race Theory
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dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeGraduate College of Social Work
thesis.degree.departmentSocial Work, Graduate College of
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Work
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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