Top State Cops Tell Congress To Legalize Marijuana As New Poll Shows Strong Voter Support

Top State Cops Tell Congress To Legalize Marijuana As New Poll Shows Strong Voter Support

Four state attorneys general and about 50 other current and former law enforcement officials sent a letter to congressional leadership on Wednesday endorsing a federal marijuana legalization bill and urging that a vote on the legislation be held on the House floor next month. The push comes as a new poll shows that 62 percent of likely voters, including 60 percent of Republicans, support the bill and its provisions. “As front-line public safety experts, we believe that responsible regulation and control of marijuana will be more beneficial to society than prohibiting and criminalizing it,” the law enforcement coalition wrote. “The COVID-19 pandemic shines a bright light on why this kind of reform is as urgent as ever as a matter of public health, safety, and better use of much needed resources.” Part of the solution, they said, would be passing the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. The bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee last year, and insiders told Marijuana Moment recently that there are plans in the works to get a floor vote in September. “Indeed, legalizing, regulating, and controlling marijuana at the federal level is an opportunity to repair and strengthen the relationships between us and the people we serve; to shift public resources toward the most serious crimes; to reduce the size and influence of the illicit market; and to usher in an era of health-centered approaches—rather than criminal punishment—for people who use drugs,” the criminal justice professionals wrote. Signatories on the letter, which was organized…

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