Say what you want about the “Reverend” Al Sharpton, but the man has some interesting priorities.The notorious race-hustling con man has identified yet another corner of America allegedly plagued by racial inequality, and it’s a doozy.The Huffington Post reports that Sharpton thinks the weed industry — and I don’t mean gardening — is too white. Yes, really:Sharpton, a prominent civil rights leader and founder of the National Action Network, will be the keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress Business Exposition in New York on Friday. The event will mark the first time Sharpton will speak publicly about the decriminalization of marijuana use and call for an increase in diversity and better inclusion of people of color within the industry.“Just because I don’t use marijuana as a Minister, does not mean I have the right to impose my moral values on others,” Sharpton said in statement sent to HuffPost. “However, I will challenge the cannabis industry and its distributors in states where it is legal to support civil rights movements and ensure that we are not disproportionately excluded from business opportunities” […]Sharpton also aims to help identify ways people of color can become more involved in the industry where it operates legally, which is growing at a rapid rate and expects to surpass $21 billion in 2020. While it is hard to track down official statistics on the demographics of cannabis business owners, Buzzfeed’s Amanda Chicago Lewis investigated the issue and discovered that less than three dozen of the almost 3,600 storefront marijuana dispensaries in the country are black-owned ― about 1 percent.
Daily Archives: June 14, 2017
Americans may claim to value privacy, but their actions suggest otherwise.Nearly three-quarters of people (74%) in the U.S. believe it’s “very important” to be in control of who can get information about them and 60% say they would never feel comfortable sharing their email contacts. However, the vast majority of college students (98%) gave away their friends’ emails when promised free pizza, a recent study of 3,108 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students published the National Bureau of Economic Research found.“Whereas people say they care about privacy, they are willing to relinquish private data quite easily when incentivized to do so,” the study’s authors write. (The study’s main focus was establishing a cryptocurrency community at MIT and measuring how students adopted the complex technology.)However, it also included an experiment in which students were asked for the contacts of their closest friends. Half of the students were given a small incentive in the form of an order of pizza to share with friends and 98% of those shared emails. Fewer students — 94% — gave up friends’ email addresses when not given any incentives. In the non-incentivized group, 6% input fake emails to protect their friends’ identities. Not giving an email address was also not an option.
LYING Jemma Beale, 25, made false rape and sex assault claims against 15 different men — and sent an innocent man to jail for seven years, a court was told.Lesbian Beale made allegations over three years but they were “grotesque inventions”, jurors heard.NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD4Jemma Beale on her way to Southwark crown courtShe claimed she was attacked at a pub and outside her home, and gang raped in the street.Beale said she was raped by nine men and sexually assaulted by six. All but one were strangers.Beale’s first allegation was against Mahad Cassim, who had given her a lift home after a night out. He was charged with rape and jailed for seven years.But prosecutor John Price QC said: “That was a wrongful conviction. Mahad Cassim was innocent.