Holds office U.S. House District 16
We must legalize and regulate marijuana – and ensure that it’s not just wealthy white men benefitting from this new industry. Legalization should also include expunging the records of those with non-violent related offenses. Communities most impacted by the racist war on drugs should receive the most benefits from legalizing marijuana. It is not okay for the people who perpetrated this heinous, racist war against mostly young black and brown people to now profit off of the marijuana industry. On his campaign website.
"White and Black Americans smoke weed at the same rate, yet Black Americans are nearly 4x more likely to get arrested for it.
Ending the federal prohibition of marijuana is a racial justice issue." (7/8/21)
"Yes, I’m in favor of legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing drug use overall. No one should be in jail because they have a drug problem, so I’m in favor of that. Legalizing marijuana is important because we literally have people doing years in prison because of marijuana possession, which is insane, and they’re disproportionately Black and brown. So legalize it, profit off of it, invest the revenue in communities that have been destroyed. This also connects to a larger conversation about criminal justice reform overall. There are so many people in prison right now because of technical violations, because of B.S. charges, so we need to let people out of prison." (8/27/20)
"When we legalize marijuana, let's make sure it's not just wealthy white lobbyists like John Boehner cashing in.
It's insulting to our communities that people would get rich off a product that STILL criminalizes millions of black and brown people." (4/20/20)
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