The wave of cannabis legalization is a net good: Growers are coming out of the shadows, the agricultural economy is getting a boost, and millions of people have access to the plant for a variety of purposes. But ending prohibition isn’t enough—even after legalization, the shockwaves of the drug war still run through the communities most impacted by it. For many, including those who have been in the cannabis business for decades, prohibition still runs strong, even in areas that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis.Hawthorne Gardening Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, recognizes the disparities in the cannabis industry. Cannabis growers of all sizes have been loyal users of Hawthorne brands and while some of them are thriving in this new legal environment, others are being left behind or even serving time.In addition to its public policy and advocacy efforts towards legalization, Hawthorne has committed $2.5 million over the next two years through The Hawthorne Social Justice Fund, administered by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, to fund organizations with cannabis social justice missions.

Leafly Staff, Leafly, 07/19/2021 11:44:00

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