Friday, July 3, 2020
Is it growing clearer that marijuana reform is criminal justice reform and racial justice imperitive?
The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new Crime Report piece headlined “Marijuana Laws ‘Central’ to Justice Reform, Advocates Say.” Here is how it starts:
As protests against racism continue to march on across the country, conversations have sparked a new dialogue about policing, criminal and racial justice, and even the War on Drugs.
Lawmakers and advocates alike say the latter of these dialogues must play “a central part,” seeing that the War on Drugs and policing of marijuana usage has disproportionately targeted Black Americans, and encouraged negative police interactions, Stateline and Brookings report.
In light of these discussions, some states are taking active roles in changing the current narrative.
I would also recommend these linked pieces from Stateline and Brookings:
Long-time readers know that I have long viewed marijuana reform as a criminal justice issues first and foremost, though I fully understand why public health advocates and others see lots of other issues implicated in this arena. But in light of the very, very, very clear evidence that marijuana prohibition’s enforcement is racially skewed, I think everyone concerned about racial justice must be thinking hard about how marijuana reform can be part of creating a more fair and just society.