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As each new state legalizes cannabis, it’s a blow to the war on drugs, a violent, decades-long effort by the federal government that wreaks havoc in Black and brown communities—but not as strong a blow as you might think. In the bigger picture, cannabis legalization barely even begins to address the far-reaching, deep-seated harm that these policies still cause. 

Communities most impacted by the drug war are seeing the fewest benefits from legal markets. The cannabis industry in America is worth more than $13 billion, and…

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