Congress Should Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill Amid Coronavirus, Coalition Of Justice Groups Urges

Congress Should Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill Amid Coronavirus, Coalition Of Justice Groups Urges

A coalition of civil rights and drug policy reform groups—including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Drug Policy Alliance and NORML—is circulating a letter to members of Congress, imploring them to sign onto a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill that places an emphasis on restorative justice. Collectively known as the Marijuana Justice Coalition (MJC), the organizations said their request is especially urgent in light of the coronavirus pandemic and national protests over police brutality. Given these problems, “marijuana reform as a modest first step at chipping away at the war on drugs is more relevant and more pressing than ever before,” they wrote. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act from Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) “remains the most effective and equitable way forward,” the letter states. “In the face of COVID-19, the MORE Act is needed now more than ever before,” the coalition, which also includes the Center for American Progress, Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, wrote. “Looking towards long-term economic recovery, we must remove barriers to employment for those who have lost jobs, create new businesses and employment opportunities to help replace those that have disappeared and that will not be coming back, and to raise billions of dollars in new tax revenue to off-set the devastating economic losses to state and local governments,” they said. The MJC members argued that the MORE Act would achieve that, partly through a five percent tax on cannabis sales at the manufacturer…

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