Historic Action Tends to make the Additional Act the Very first Complete Marijuana Legislation to Come this Far in Congress
November 18, 2019 – Washington, D.C. – Currently, Residence Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced the Marijuana Chance Reinvestment and Expungement Act (Additional Act) would be scheduled for mark up and a vote this Wednesday, November 20. This action tends to make the Additional Act the initially piece of extensive marijuana legislation to ever make it this far in Congress. The Drug Policy Alliance, along with a broad coalition of 11 national groups that came with each other as the Marijuana Justice Coalition, have worked for passage of marijuana reform legislation that offers back to the communities most impacted by the war on drugs.
“The information speaks for itself – low-earnings communities and communities of colour have disproportionately borne the brunt of the devastation brought on by marijuana prohibition,” mentioned Queen Adesuyi, National Affairs Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The Additional Act is the most robust bipartisan legislation so far not only to finish federal marijuana prohibition, but also to guarantee that the communities that have been hardest hit by prohibition are not left behind.”
Earlier in this session, a further marijuana bill, the Protected Banking Act, also moved forward. Drug Policy Alliance urged Members of Congress to guarantee reform efforts prioritized ending prohibition and repairing its devastating harms.
In the final couple of months, quite a few US Representatives–like Residence Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Economic Solutions Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Guidelines Chairman Jim McGovern, and extended-time champions like Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Earl Blumenauer—played essential roles in moving the Additional Act forward.
“It would be a tragic error to have the only marijuana reform bill that passes this Congress be 1 that solely added benefits the market, regardless of each the unprecedented assistance for legalization nationally amongst Americans and all the harm that we know federal prohibition has triggered to men and women and communities across this nation,” mentioned Adesuyi. “Fortunately, by making certain the Additional Act moves forward, quite a few leaders in the Residence are displaying that they fully grasp that this is a matter of basic justice that the US Congress demands to address.”
The Additional Act goes even additional than prior bills and echoes a new set of principles for federal marijuana reform developed by DPA and other members of the Marijuana Justice Coalition, focused on racial justice and providing back to these most harmed by prohibition.
To do that, this bill would tax marijuana items at 5 % to establish a trust fund which would:
- Give grants to communities negatively impacted by the drug war for the improvement of record expungement processes, employment applications, reentry guidance, youth sources, and a lot more
- Produce a lot more access to substance use therapy
- Encourage socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to enter the cannabis market
- Produce equitable licensing applications in states and nearby governments that advantage communities most impacted by prohibition
The legislation also aims to right the historical injustices triggered by prohibition by:
- Stopping the government from denying an person federal added benefits, student economic help, or safety clearances required to acquire government jobs mainly because of marijuana use
- Giving an chance for these convicted below marijuana laws to petition for resentencing and expungement
- Defending immigrants that are at danger of deportation or citizenship denial primarily based on a uncomplicated marijuana infraction
And to hold the market accountable and guarantee equity amongst these most harmed by prohibition, the Additional Act instructs the Bureau of Labor Statistics to gather demographic information on the marijuana market to guarantee that individuals of colour and these most economically disadvantaged are participating.
Sixty-eight % of American voters assistance marijuana legalization. Thirty-3 states plus the District of Columbia have laws that let legal access to health-related marijuana and 11 states plus the District of Columbia let legal access to marijuana for adult use. But the continued enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws are accountable for a lot more than 600,000 arrests in the United States each and every year. Black and brown individuals are disproportionately impacted, becoming 4 instances a lot more probably to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white individuals regardless of equal prices of consumption. Marijuana has also been 1 of the top causes of deportation in the United States.
About Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, overall health and human rights, in which individuals are no longer punished for what they place into their personal bodies but only for crimes committed against other individuals, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of currently are no a lot more. Our mission is to advance these policies and attitudes that ideal minimize the harms of each drug use and drug prohibition, and to market the autonomy of men and women more than their minds and bodies. Understand a lot more at drugpolicy.org.