TAKE ACTION NOW: Urge Senator Scutari to Incorporate Fairness & Equity into his Marijuana Legalization Bill
DEADLINE: Today – Two Easy Options to Take Action
GOAL: Encourage NJ State Senator Scutari to amend his Marijuana Legalization Bill to incorporate fairness & equity –
EMAIL OPTION 1: http://bit.ly/2rVm1CC Automatically send Senator Scutari a letter via email by clicking this link & filling in your name/ address.
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*Senator Scutari introduced legislation last week to legalize marijuana in NJ and, unfortunately, it doesn’t include policies to establish a fair and equitable marijuana market or repair harms to those communities most impacted by marijuana prohibition.
*It’s important that the Senator hear from advocates like us so he can incorporate these critical racial justice elements before the bill moves forward in the legislative process.
* As our state considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana, there must be policies that provide a level playing field so we don’t continue the harms of marijuana prohibition. People with prior marijuana arrests or convictions must have protections so they can apply for a license or employment in the industry. And we also must demand policies that ensure a diverse industry and allow people with different socioeconomic backgrounds to have access to it.
* Marijuana laws have harmed us all with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. In New Jersey, African Americans are three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites even though both use marijuana at the same rates. In addition to the severe long-term consequences of a marijuana arrest and conviction, marijuana laws have been used to support biased policies like stop and frisk, racial profiling and the deportation of people of color.
*Marijuana legalization in New Jersey must be fair and equitable and must address past disproportionate harms to communities of color. We need your help to right these wrongs.