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Cannabis Amnesty partners with pot companies to help communities affected by prohibition

A new internship program is sponsored by TOQi Technologies and Aurora

Cannabis Amnesty partners with pot companies to help communities affected by prohibition
Photo via Cannabis Amnesty

A new internship that aims to create economic opportunities for people harmed by prohibition is now taking applications.

On Monday, cannabis consumption device maker TOQi Technologies Ltd. announced the TOQi Fellowship for Cannabis Amnesty in partnership with non-profit Cannabis Amnesty, and with the support from Aurora Cannabis Inc. (Nasdaq: ACB) (TSX: ACB).

The fellowship is a paid summer internship program that runs from May until August, and will be focused on advocacy and communications.

Two available positions will receive mentorship, networking opportunities and insights into the industry, while following Cannabis Amnesty’s mission of helping people affected the most by the prohibition. TOQi encourages people from underrepresented communities to apply.

Applicants can visit TOQiFellowship4CA.com to send their application, which will be accepted until April 19.

Aurora Cannabis CEO Miguel Martin says nobody should be burdened with a criminal record for a minor, non-harmful act that’s no longer a crime.

“We deeply admire the team at Cannabis Amnesty for their relentless pursuit of fairness and are honoured to be a part of affording others the opportunity to also be a part of this critical cause.”

TOQi CEO Drew Henson says advocates at Cannabis Amnesty have set the stage to right some of the wrongs of prohibition, and the company is honoured to support their cause.

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Cannabis Amnesty focuses on mending the damages caused by harmful drug policy. Executive director Annamaria Enenajor notes that cannabis laws were unequally enforced by law enforcement in Canada, disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous and under-resourced communities.

“Cannabis convictions limit economic opportunities for people from these communities, thus further entrenching systemic racism through poverty and disenfranchisement,” she says.

Enenajor adds that her group is grateful to TOQi and Aurora for leading the efforts in dismantling the economic barriers.

Cannabis Amnesty also recently partnered with Entourage Health Corp (TSXV:ENTG) (OTCQX:WDDMF) (FSE:4WE) and Royal City Cannabis Co. to launch the RC Joints for Justice campaign, designed to support Cannabis Amnesty. Part of the proceeds of each package of three half-gram joints will go directly to the organization.

 

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