Legalize cannabis with racial and social justice at the forefront
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Last week, voters made history by saying YES to legalizing cannabis in the Garden State. As New Jersey begins to legalize, New Jersey must repair the devastation wrought by the failed drug war on Black and brown communities, and forge an equitable future.
Urge lawmakers: It’s critical New Jersey legalizes the right way. That means we must decriminalize now, and pass legislation to implement legalization that centers racial and social justice. Legislators must immediately pass cannabis decriminalization (A1897/S2535) and to amend the cannabis legalization implementation bill (S21/A21) to invest in communities most harmed by the War on Drugs.
SUBJECT: Legalize cannabis with racial and social justice at the forefront
We ask for three key amendments to S21/A21:
• Allocate tax revenue from legalization to reinvest in the communities that have faced disproportionate harm from prohibition, allowing for the additional support for community-centered services, including job training, housing assistance, and healthcare services.
• Prioritize the licensing of people from disproportionately impacted areas, those with prior cannabis-related criminal records, and their immediate families by increasing the number of licenses reserved for the group, preserving majority ownership, and creating funding opportunities to help people enter into the industry.
• Restore ongoing funding for expungement to ensure that it is accessible for individuals criminalized due to cannabis prohibition.