For Corey Dishmen and Charles Penn, the people who make up the "cannabis culture" of New Jersey have always been "100 percent inclusive of everyone." And that goes for the people who work in the marijuana business, too.
But according to the owners of The Library – who are hoping to open New Jersey's first, Black-owned cannabis dispensary in West Orange – there's no denying that the state has a long way to go when it comes to social justice and marijuana.
New Jersey voters approved recreational cannabis in a landmark November 2020 ballot question.
Part of the effort was aimed at correcting injustices of the past, including the state's longtime racial disparity in weed arrests and the toll it has taken on minority communities.