NAACP, ACLU Join Enormous Work to Push Congress to Legalize Weed


A 100-member coalition is pressuring Congress to pass a cannabis legalization bill that especially focuses on correcting the racially-biased harm brought on by the War on Drugs.

A group of likeminded social and political organizations has formed with the purpose of pressuring the government to pass cannabis reform laws that straight address the lingering harm brought on by prohibition. 

According to a Forbes report by Tom Angell, the 100 member coalition was spearheaded by the public policy believe tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) and co-signed by the NAACP, ACLU, National Immigration Justice Network, Human Rights Watch, and a lot more. Collectively, they sent a sternly-worded letter to Property leadership supporting the Marijuana Chance Reinvestment and Expungement (A lot more) Act, a bill introduced in the Property judiciary committee final month.

“The A lot more Act’s targeted applications will serve to empower historically underserved communities that bore this nation’s drug war,” the letter reads. “It will also decrease racial disparities in the criminal justice technique and guard folks from unequal marijuana enforcement. Justice calls for that marijuana reform policy in Congress very first de-schedule and repair previous harms.”

Authored by Democratic New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the A lot more Act would legalize cannabis nationwide, set up a technique to expunge current marijuana charges, and build a 5 % legal weed sales tax that would be directed, in component, to reinvest in communities most broken by the War on Drugs. The sales tax income would go towards business job education applications, legal help, and compact company loans.

“Many of the communities served and represented by the NAACP have been amongst the hardest hit by our nation’s outdated and misguided marijuana laws,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, told Forbes. “From robbing us of the talent and guarantee of our young folks, to the breaking-up of households, to reabsorbing returning citizens who can not take complete benefit of lots of of the federal solutions supplied to other Americans, our communities really feel the urgency of enacting this legislation. Therefore, we have urged the Congress to act as swiftly as achievable to right the flaws in the present law and move towards starting to rectify decades of unnecessary harshness.”

Federal lawmakers have not too long ago enhanced their concentrate on broad, overarching marijuana law reform. In addition to Nadler’s A lot more Act, Democratic presidential hopeful Corey Booker has gained assistance for his similarly focused Marijuana Justice Act, although Senate Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jefferies have introduced their personal descheduling bill, the Marijuana Freedom and Chance Act.

In their letter to Congress, the coalition described the A lot more Act as the most extensive piece of cannabis legislation, and encouraged legislators to pass the bill as swiftly as achievable. As of press time, Property Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not but responded to the letter.

“Communities of colour have been on the frontlines of this country’s drug war and should really not have to continue waiting for a measure of justice,” Maritza Perez, senior policy analyst for Criminal Justice Reform at CAP, told Forbes. “Especially although other folks are producing extraordinary wealth for marijuana activity that sent Black and Latinx folks to prison.” 

You can study the letter sent to Congress in its entirety at Marijuana Moment.

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