It’s no secret that the conversation surrounding marijuana decriminalization is happening more and more amongst politicians. Well, it now appears that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is in support of marijuana decriminalization as well.
You may remember actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon calling out the criminal justice system for the double standards placed on black weed users.
“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: we have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” she said. “The simple truth is, for white people, the use of marijuana has effectively been legal for a long time. Isn’t it time we legalize it for everybody else?”
In an effort to reduce the number of black people in prison, the CBC is seeking removal of marijuana being classified as a dangerous drug. They also want to delete the criminal records of those who have been arrested for minimal pot possession. According to the Washington Post, this position is supported by an overwhelming majority of the 48-member caucus.
“Some of the same folks who told African Americans, ‘Three strikes and you’re out’ when it came to marijuana use and distribution, are now decriminalizing the drug and making a profit off of it,” said U.S. Representative Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to the Washington Informer.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. recently announced his office would stop prosecuting marijuana possession and smoking cases. That same day, President Donald Trump confirmed he supports ending the federal ban on marijuana.
— MPP Marijuana Policy (@MarijuanaPolicy) June 8, 2018