Candidate in race for State House District 175 (D)
Legalize marijuana state-wide. Not only does this unclutter the justice system, it creates tax revenue for the commonwealth.
With the legalization and state support of the sale of marijuana, there needs to be a mandate stating that a specific number of licenses go to minority and women-owned businesses. Minority communities have been the most impacted by an outdated marijuana policy, and they should be the first to benefit from the business once it's legalized.
With the legalization, we will have to hold employers and universities accountable for responding appropriately. That means they will need to seal records and prevent employment testing for marijuana once it is legalized. Currently, universities release reports if individuals were caught smoking or in possession of marijuana in college to employers. That can no longer be the case.