We added some of the most worthy comments from the congressmen and representatives.
Representative Tom McClintock from California
It doesn’t require endorsing cannabis, quite the contrary, But it ought to be crystal clear to everyone that our laws have not accomplished their goals.
McClintoc also told a story of a police officer
The officertold me, if he gave any two kids from any town across America $20 each and told one to get booze and the other to get pot, the kid buying the pot would always come back first. They know where to get it because the dealer’s entire business revolves around breaking the law, and have trouble finding the booze because the dealer’s whole business revolves around not breaking the law.”
Congresswoman Karen Bass
since the time President Nixon declared a war on drugs, people of color have been hit the hardest. African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white people.
Part of the devastation has been we criminalized a health problem.” Chairwoman Bass noted, “While we poured millions of dollars into incarceration, we did not put adequate resources into drug treatment
Representative. Jerry Nader
I’ve long believed the criminalization of marijuana has been a mistake The racial disparity in enforcement of marijuana laws has only compounded this mistake with serious consequences.”
Here is the complete hearing video – if you want to find out more
What the National Cannabis Industry Association had to say on this congretional hearing?
For the NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith has spoken.
It is imperative that we recognize the disparate and ongoing impact of marijuana prohibition on people of color and the barriers it creates for them to take part in the burgeoning legal cannabis market,” Congress should quickly move toward policies that allow legitimate businesses to supplant the illicit market and promote racial equity in the cannabis industry. Removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act is a cornerstone of that process.”
And what is the conclusion of this hearing?
So if we quote Aaron Smith, today was a historic day in the fight to end federal marijuana criminalization, members of both political parties demonstrated a desire to reform our nations failed policy of prohibition and the only disagreement was how, not if.
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