In July 2013, the United States Census Bureau determined that 54 million Hispanics live in the United States. That is roughly translated to 17% of the population. Broken down, Hispanic subgroups include people who consider themselves as other than Hispanic or Latino. This subgroup comprises 13.7% of the Hispanic population. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) website states that the Office of Management and Budget considers a person to be Hispanic or Latino if they come from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South or Central America. Or if they are of a Spanish culture or origin, “regardless of race.” This forces false categorization for many people, who do not consider themselves as Hispanic. This is problematic because it leads to misinformation and misrepresentation. Both misinformation and misrepresentation are detrimental because it causes people to feel left out. When people feel excluded they begin to think that their voice does not matter.
This is untrue. Especially since Hispanic and Latino communities are growing in the United States. As the CDC claims, people of Hispanic descent comprise the nation’s biggest minority population. America considers itself a democracy. So this is especially important when it comes to events like voting and education. It is hard to get eligible voters registered to vote. Then they also have to show up on election day. If all 50 states want to legalize marijuana then community outreach is imperative. Cartel issues cause a negative stigma around the Hispanic and Latino communities about marijuana. Cartels pose as a violent source connected to marijuana. Along with the knowledge that both Hispanic and Latino communities are socially conservative. These communities are also religious. With the majority holding Catholic and Roman Catholic views.
Outreach in these communities is important because the spread of misinformation causes more misinformation. Incorrect information about a topic can make or break whether a bill passes into law, especially when it comes to medical marijuana. Forget about recreational marijuana for a moment. Think about how many people do not have access to medical cannabis because of stigmas. Proper information about cannabis through community outreach can open so many doors. Access to medical cannabis is not only beneficial on the medial front it also allows a community to stimulate the state’s economy. Opening up dispensaries and grow sites will provide more jobs.
Community outreach among Hispanic and Latino communities is beneficial. It shows a community that they are just as important as any other community, if not more. It causes good information to be spread around instead of false information. If people have the proper information then they will be able to reach people who have incorrect information. Community outreach can also cause more people to vote. If more people vote, then topics like cannabis legalization can provide people with an opinion. This option will be beneficial to help people from a medical standpoint.