NORML Issues Cannabis Policy Guidance For Lawmakers and Prosecutors For Protecting Public Health During COVID-19 Crisis

NORML Issues Cannabis Policy Guidance For Lawmakers and Prosecutors For Protecting Public Health During COVID-19 Crisis

Today, NORML and it’s national network of advocacy chapters released a memo to state lawmakers, regulators, prosecutors, and other interested parties providing guidance for how they can take emergency actions to better promote the health and welfare of cannabis consumers and the general public during the COVID pandemic. “In this era of tremendous uncertainty, it is crucial that policymakers use every tool in their toolkit to promote public health and safety. The enactment of various marijuana policy reforms can assist in these goals by reprioritizing law enforcement resources, mitigating interpersonal contact in our communities, and by ensuring that the elderly and more vulnerable patients continue to have uninterrupted access to state-regulated cannabis products via home delivery or curbside pick-up,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. In states where cannabis possession and use is criminalized, NORML recommends the following actions: – An immediate deprioritization of marijuana criminal and civil penalty enforcement; – An immediate withdrawal of all charges for those currently facing prosecution for a nonviolent marijuana-related offense; – The immediate review and release of currently incarcerated individuals who are either in jail or in prison solely for the commission of a nonviolent marijuana-related offense; – The immediate review and waiving of all pending probation requirements for individuals who have solely been convicted of a nonviolent marijuana-related crime. “As individuals and families struggle to cope with the day-to-day challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is inappropriate and irresponsible for state and local governments to continue utilizing precious resources and capacity to…

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