U.S. House of Representatives Cori Bush and Bonnie Watson Cole introduce bill with health-centered approach to drugs

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On June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” which history would later reveal was in actuality a war on Black people, the anti-war left, and hippies. Nixon’s drug war later became President Ronald Reagan’s battle in the 1980s. Over the decades, the war on drugs has ravaged the criminal justice system, wasted billions of dollars, and ruined the lives of countless Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income communities. Although it looks different from Nixon and Reagan’s crusade, it’s a war that continues today.  Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Nixon’s war declaration, U.S. House of Representatives Cori Bush (D-MO) and Bonnie Watson Cole (D-NJ) just introduced the Drug Policy Reform Act (DPRA). This federal bill would, according to a press release, would enact the following:  End criminal penalties for drug possession at the national level Place authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Expunge records and provide resentencingEliminates many of the life-long consequences of drug arrests and convictionsReinvest in alternative health-centered approaches  Promote evidence-based drug education Alongside the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), which was a strategic partner in the development of the bill, the legislation also looks to address many of the overlooked repercussions of a drug arrest and conviction, such as the denial of employment, public benefits, immigration status, drivers’ licenses, and voting rights. The DPA provided expertise and counsel in drafting the DPRA, which included the DPA’s 2020 proposal: Dismantling the Federal Drug War: A Comprehensive Drug Decriminalization Framework.  “Growing up in St. Louis, I saw the crack-cocaine epidemic rob my community of so many lives,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) in the press release. “I lived through a malicious marijuana war that saw Black people arrested for possession at three times the rate of their white counterparts, even though usage rates are similar. As…

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