Kiana Hughes is an educator, with over 12 years of experience designing and delivering educational content to adult learners. She and her business partner co-founded Two DOPE Chicks (which stands for Developing Opportunities for Personal Empowerment), an educational consulting firm dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of the cannabis plant. She is a former co-chair of Women Grow Chicago and a community educator for Illinois Women in Cannabis. As an experienced educator, public speaker and cannabis activist, Kiana is a regular presenter at the Women Grow Leadership Summit in Denver, CO, and gives educational presentations throughout the Chicagoland area. In Spring 2017, Kiana launched The DOPE Show, a podcast dedicated to providing education and increasing awareness about cannabis. Kiana holds a Masters degree in Communications and Training. She is an Instructional Design Consultant and a community college professor.
What social justice and/or criminal justice reforms do you want the U.S. to make around its drug policy, particularly around cannabis?
As the daughter of a man, who was largely absent and incarcerated because his addiction was treated like a criminal act rather than a medical/mental health condition, it is very important for me to be involved in this industry and to work towards social justice reforms. I would like to see the U.S. take a real look at the ways in which people of color have been harmed and disenfranchised by the War on Drugs. I want people of color to be able to benefit from the legalization and overall social acceptance of this plant. I want to see more states taking a stance and making sure communities and families disproportionately affected by the failed War on Drugs are able to enter this industry and have a chance to right a decades-long wrong.
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