When Jessamyn Stanley smokes a joint, she feels free.
Stanley, a 34-year-old internationally renowned yoga instructor who founded the cannabis-advocacy organization We Go High NC, said cannabis saved her life after she discovered its ability to quiet her anxious mind in her early 20s.
As she continued to use cannabis, Stanley read about its therapeutic benefits and the social and racial inequities that exist in the cannabis industry. As a queer Black woman, Stanley said it was troubling to learn about the disproportionate number of Black people incarcerated for having weed.
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