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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, August 10, 2020

"Racial Justice Protests Help Push Pot Reforms"

From The Crime Report, via the NACDL's News-of-Interest:

Some states and cities have overhauled their marijuana policies in recent months, influenced by the Black Lives Matter protests over racial inequality and police brutality, Politico reports. Nashville stopped prosecuting minor marijuana possession cases. Portland redirected cannabis tax revenue away from the police department. Colorado’s legislature passed a long-stalled proposal to address social equity and scrap old marijuana convictions. Sonoma County, Ca., and New York state expanded programs to erase cannabis criminal records. Blacks have been disproportionately affected by marijuana enforcement for decades and are four times more likely to be arrested than white people despite similar usage rates. Lawmakers and advocates say the racial justice protests that began after George Floyd and others were killed have persuaded wavering officials to support drug policy changes, motivated prosecutors to take long-awaited action and opened the door for more talk about marijuana policy reform.

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