Rep. Sonya Harper On Bringing Racial Equity To State’s Pot Industry

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State Rep. Sonya Harper believes tracking food desert communities throughout Illinois will aid in finding a solution to the problem of food access. Daisy Contreras - Agency: NPR ILLINOIS | 91.9 UIS - Agency: NPR ILLINOIS | 91.9 UIS
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State Rep. Sonya Harper believes tracking food desert communities throughout Illinois will aid in finding a solution to the problem of food access. Daisy Contreras - Agency: NPR ILLINOIS | 91.9 UIS - Agency: NPR ILLINOIS | 91.9 UIS

Rep. Sonya Harper On Bringing Racial Equity To State’s Pot Industry

All this week on WBEZ, we’ve been airing a series called The State Of Pot, an examination of Illinois’s emerging marijuana industry.

Illinois residents could soon have legal recreational marijuana.

The legislative session in Springfield kicked off earlier this week. It wraps on May 31, and it’s likely that Democratic lawmakers will bring the idea to the floor.

One person who is working to bring racial equity to the industry is State rep Sonya Harper. The Democrat from Chicago is head of the cannabis equity work group in the Legislative Black Caucus.

GUEST: State representative Sonya Harper, Democrat from Chicago