Petition: Tell The Senate To Address Marijuana Policy Reform
It is past time for the Senate to reform marijuana policy in this country. Public opinion and state laws have moved rapidly over the past decade. The House of Representatives has held a vote, now it’s the Senate’s turn.
Within the coming weeks, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sens. Cory Booker and Ron Wyden are presenting the Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act (CAOA) to do just that.
Americans have been demanding action on marijuana reform—making calls, sending emails, and signing petitions in support of the MORE Act in the House. We need a strong showing of support for CAOA as well, or so that politicians see the momentum for this issue!
Sign now to tell the Senate: Take action to address marijuana policy reform!
Petition target: US Senate
Today, I urge you to recognize and reckon with the racist implications of existing marijuana criminalization within the United States. The recently passed House Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act identifies the specific harms inflicted on communities of color by marijuana policing. The Senate must also call attention to these harms and ensure they guide future policy reforms around marijuana.
According to the most recent FBI UCR, there were an estimated 350,150 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2020 alone. That is an average of one American being placed in handcuffs every 90 seconds.
From data analyzed by the ACLU, the racial disparity in those arrests amounts to Black Americans being 3.6 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts, despite similar consumption rates amongst racial crosstabs.
At a time when a supermajority of Americans support legalization, including majorities of voters of all political parties, now is the time to recognize the harm caused by current marijuana criminalization on the Black community and make an affirmative commitment to a justice-centered path forward.
The House of Representatives passed The MORE Act on April 1st.. There is no time to waste delivering this vital legislation to the United States Senate and then President Biden’s desk.
Please use your position to ensure that we end the harm of criminalization and legalize marijuana.