White House Invites Comment On How Drug Policies Create ‘Systemic Barriers’ For ‘Underserved Communities’

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The White House’s drug policy arm is looking for input on whether its existing policies are creating “systemic barriers to opportunities for underserved communities” and whether future programs could be developed to better promote equity. It is also seeking advice on how to better involve people who use drugs in the creation of policies that affect them. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the 30-day public comment period in a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. And it’s an opportunity that reform advocates will likely take advantage of, as the so-called drug czar’s office has historically resisted policy changes like marijuana legalization that could help to repair the harms of prohibition, which has been enforced on a racially disproportionate basis. The filing doesn’t represent ONDCP independently soliciting feedback on the equity implications of the various agencies and grant programs it oversees, however. Rather, it was published in accordance with a government-wide executive order that President Joe Biden signed in January. “The E.O. requires agencies to assess whether, and to what extent, its programs and policies perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color and other underserved groups,” ONDCP said. “Such assessments will better equip agencies to develop policies and programs that deliver resources and benefits equitably to all.” ONDCP says it is seeking “more perspectives from a wide array of backgrounds, including those most impacted by United States’ drug policies” to inform its future endeavors. The office currently administers efforts such as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program that enable the war on drugs, under which people of color are arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to prison at disproportionate rates. In the new notice, the office offered a series of prompts for submissions on how it can better carry out its duties…

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