Civil Rights Coalition Tells Vermont Governor To Sign Marijuana Sales Legalization And Expungement Bills

Civil Rights Coalition Tells Vermont Governor To Sign Marijuana Sales Legalization And Expungement Bills

A coalition of Vermont civil rights and criminal justice reform groups is calling on the governor to sign bills to legalize marijuana sales and facilitate automatic expungements for prior cannabis convictions. Gov. Phil Scott (R) has until Wednesday to act on the marijuana commerce legislation that’s now on his desk, otherwise it will become law without his signature. He’s signaled that he’s on the fence about what he’ll do after hearing criticism from certain racial justice groups; but now he’s getting the opposite advice from organizations like ACLU of Vermont. In a statement released on Sunday, the coalition said the tax-and-regulate and expungement bills “will make huge strides towards addressing the racist legacy of cannabis prohibition and disparate enforcement of our current cannabis laws.” Notably, the groups said they “share the concerns and goals” of other organizations that have argued the legislation doesn’t go far enough to address social equity, but they said they “disagree with the call to veto the bill and start over,” adding that doing so “would be a big setback for racial justice.” “Instead of vetoing the bill, the Governor should sign S. 54 and demand prioritization of racial justice in all aspects of its implementation,” the statement says. “Overseeing the details of this program would be a tremendous way for the Governor to ensure that Vermont becomes a model for justice in the taxed and regulated sales of cannabis to adults.” “Ongoing reform of cannabis policies is a justice imperative supported by an overwhelming number…

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