Marijuana Legalization : Faith, Facts & Fiction

Marijuana Legalization :  Faith, Facts & Fiction


Join us at 7pm, this Thurs, March 8th in Woodbury, NJ to learn about Marijuana legalization in an event sponsored by the Bethel AME Church, Gloucester County NAACP & Drug Policy Alliance.

For decades, marijuana policies have devastated hundreds of thousands of our state’s families and communities. In 2013 alone, more than 24,000 marijuana possession arrests were made by law enforcement, making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding people and imposing a lifetime of punishment on those who are convicted. Marijuana laws have also been used to support biased policies like stop and frisk, racial profiling and the deportation of people of color. It’s time to right these wrongs.

Marijuana legalization is on the upcoming legislative agenda in New Jersey. At this point, it is not a question of whether marijuana will be legalized, but a question of when and more importantly, HOW. Until recently, marijuana legalization laws have inadequately addressed the lasting impacts of decades of harsh marijuana prohibition and punishment, but New Jersey must do better.

In order to ensure that marijuana legalization legislation in New Jersey is truly fair and equitable, legislation must be grounded in racial and social justice. Please join us on Thursday, March 8th (snow date: 3/22) to learn more about the moral case for marijuana legalization in New Jersey and how to ensure that legalization legislation provides a level playing field and addresses past harms to the communities most impacted by marijuana prohibition.

This conversation, sponsored by Bethel AME Church of Woodbury, the Gloucestor County NAACP and the Drug Policy Alliance, will take place at Bethel AME Church, 32 Courtland Street in Woodbury from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. For more details, please see the flyer below.

Facilitated by:

Loretta Winters, NAACP Gloucester County

Panelists include:

Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, New Jersey State Legislature

Reverend Charles Boyer, Bethel AME Church, Woodbury

Charles A. Fiore, Esq., Gloucestor County Prosecutor

Pastor Willie Dwayne Francois III, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville

Roseanne Scotti, Esq., Drug Policy Alliance

Richard T. Smith, NAACP New Jersey State Conference

For more information and to register for this event, follow this link to the event page.