Congressman Calls For Ending Marijuana Criminalization At Hearing On Policing Reform Bill

Congressman Calls For Ending Marijuana Criminalization At Hearing On Policing Reform Bill

Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) said during a congressional hearing on Wednesday that policing reform should be coupled with ending marijuana criminalization in order to better foster racial justice. At a House Judiciary Committee markup on criminal justice legislation focused on policing, the congressman delivered a speech linking cannabis prohibition to some of the problems that the bill is designed to address. “One of the issues that I’d like to take note is our national drug policy right now—federal cannabis policy, essentially outlawing cannabis,” he said. “As you know, when we talk about arrest disparities, specifically cannabis-related, over 650,000 Americans are arrested every year for violating cannabis laws,” he said, adding that black people are significantly more likely to be arrested for marijuana compared to white people despite comparable rates of consumption. “Many communities have lost many loved ones to incarceration due to cannabis-related convictions,” he continued. “Although cannabis reform in terms of its criminalization will not undo the practices that have led to these demonstrations that we’re seeing today, decriminalizing cannabis will be a major step in the right direction.” “Congress, in my opinion, must move to address decriminalizing cannabis.” Watch Correa’s cannabis comments below: Several other committee members briefly acknowledged racial disparities in drug arrests during the markup of the Justice in Policing Act, but as of press time Correa was the only one to specifically call for marijuana reform legislation to be part of the process. While the bill, filed this month by House and Senate Democratic leaders,…

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