Politician Info
A+ Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - NJ) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

 

 

Holds office U.S. House District 12

Candidate in race for U.S. House District 12 on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Co-sponsored Legislation
H.R.1614 - Destigmatizing in Immigration Act
H.R.1996 - SAFE Banking Act of 2021

H.R.3884 - Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019

H.R.1456 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2019

H.R.712 - VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019

H.R.1595 - SAFE Banking Act of 2019

Comments

"I'm glad to see our state's elected leaders stepping up to address the disparities that marijuana has created in our criminal justice system with the inclusion of strong social justice components in their proposal to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, and I am especially grateful for Governor Murphy's leadership. Marijuana use is the same between Black and White Americans, yet Black people are nearly four times more likely to be arrested -- and with that arrest, they suddenly face consequences like losing eligibility for affordable housing, access to jobs, and even financial aid for college. The inclusion of expungement mechanisms for low-level marijuana offenses will help hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans regain access to critical tools that will allow them to achieve economic security, and the path to vacated convictions provided in this measure will finally address the circumstances of thousands of people serving sentences for low-level marijuana offenses.

"This legislation is the nation's most comprehensive effort to correct the years of well-documented bias in marijuana enforcement. I'm proud to once again point to our state as a model for social justice measures across the country, and look forward to seeing this measure become law." (3/20/19)

"The criminalization of marijuana has done real damage to lives, families and whole communities among people of color in this country. When it comes to drug use and addiction, we have frequently and mistakenly used the criminal justice system with Black and Brown people, while seeking treatment, leniency and healthcare for White users." https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/newsroom/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=520 

Votes
2022: Medical Marijuana Research Act, HR 5657
YES
2022: Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3617
YES
2021: SAFE Banking Act of 2021, Hr 1996
YES
2020: Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019, HR 3884
YES
2019: The SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595
Yes
2019: Blumenauer/McClintock/Norton Amendment to Protect Legalization
Yes
2016: Veterans Equal Access Amendment
Yes
2015: Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment to Protect Medical
Yes
2015: McClintock/Polis Amendment to Protect Legalization
Yes
2013: Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Minors, NJ S2842
YES
2012: Reduces Penalties for Marijuana, NJ A1465
YES
Contact Bonnie Watson Coleman

Email: Michael@bonnieforcongress.com

Web: https://www.bonnieforcongress.com/

Phone: 202-225-5801

Address

168 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

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