Congressman Calls For Decriminalization Of ‘Other Drugs’ Beyond Marijuana In New Policing Reform Plan

Congressman Calls For Decriminalization Of ‘Other Drugs’ Beyond Marijuana In New Policing Reform Plan

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) released a police accountability plan on Tuesday, and it includes proposals to legalize marijuana and decriminalize other drugs to reduce over-policing of communities of color. The congressman cited statistics showing that black people are significantly more likely to be arrested over cannabis compared to white people, despite comparable rates of consumption. This pattern is part of the systemic racial injustice fueling mass protests across the country, he said. “Reducing police interactions by using non-law enforcement to deal with minor crimes and activities, and repealing punitive drug laws could reduce the criminalization and over-policing of communities of color,” the plan states. “We need to rethink the way police are used and encourage alternative policing models that address institutional racism as they are being created.” Part of that model involves repealing “policies that incentivize over-policing of communities of color, including the prohibition of cannabis and the decriminalization of other drugs.” I have listened, discussed and solicited feedback from many community leaders here in Oregon. In order to make change we need reforms at the federal, state, and local levels. I pledge to be a partner on all three of these fronts. — Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) June 9, 2020 While a growing number of lawmakers have come to embrace marijuana legalization as a criminal justice reform matter, it’s still relatively rare to see a member of Congress back broader drug decriminalization. That said, the plan does not make clear which substances beyond cannabis that Blumenauer feels should be decriminalized…

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