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S.1552 - Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act
Gillibrand said the growing acceptance of medical marijuana among the public makes her hopeful that the law will continue to gain bipartisan support. She credited personal stories from those who have benefited from medical cannabis as the reason for the shift in public opinion.
"These stores are the difference, because when you talk about how it affects your child and how their lives are so significantly better, it's irrefutable," Gillibrand said. "It is so compelling. I believe things are changing and they are changing fast."
"Millions of Americans' lives have been devastated because of our broken marijuana policies, especially in communities of color and low-income communities," Gillibrand, 51, said in a statement.
"Just one minor possession conviction could take away a lifetime of opportunities for jobs, education, and housing, tear families apart, and make people more vulnerable to serving time in jail or prison down the road."
"Legalizing marijuana is a social justice issue and a moral issue that Congress needs to address, and I'm proud to work with Senator Booker on this legislation to help fix decades of injustice caused by our nation's failed drug policies," she said.
"Medical marijuana reform is not just one-dimensional, we can't just pick and chose one of these challenges to address," said the Democratic senator as she talked about the legislation introduced several months ago. "A collaborative approach will solve more problems, help more people, and create a better framework for reform."
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