Seminar Series

Combating The Social, Racial & Economic Injustices Of Cannabis

Combating The Social, Racial & Economic Injustices Of Cannabis

Presented By Alexandra Hunt (Public Health Activist)

Abuse by the criminal legal system under the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected people of color and the poor. Alexandra continues her fight to end the War on Drugs by advocating for cannabis legalization and decriminalization as a racial justice issue. Legalizing marijuana must come with expungement, with reinvestment in the communities most harmed by enforcement, with limitations on how police can interact with people who they suspect of a marijuana offense, with legal nonpublic spaces for smoking marijuana for those who cannot smoke in their residence, with a prohibition on deportation for people with marijuana convictions, and with full inclusion of those most impacted by criminalization of marijuana in the new marijuana industry.


Alexandra Hunt is a public health researcher, a girls’ soccer coach, an advocate for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, and an organizer.

She is a daughter of two teachers and a sister to a twin brother. Alexandra’s twin brother grew up with a learning disability. Seeing the systemic obstacles her brother faced inspired Alexandra to become an advocate and challenge barriers on the basis of race, gender, class, and ability.

Alexandra worked her way through college as a stripper, survived sexual assault, and knows what is is like to need help, but have the system fail to see or hear her. She knows what it feels like to be pushed into the shadows, while the system doesn’t listen, and pain goes unacknowledged. “Too many people in Philadelphia, and around the country, are made to feel like they, too, have to feel shame or stay silent about the struggles they face – even when they show incredible strength in overcoming them,” she says.

Alexandra ran for Congress in 2022, challenging a longtime local politician, because she didn’t want anyone in our community to be unseen or unheard, anymore. Though the campaign has ended, her commitment to building a Philadelphia in which no one has to live in the shadows, endures.