“The Governor and the other members of the Board are to be commended for taking this proactive stance. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that officials move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization.”
Earlier today, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri made an appearance on CBS News to discuss Attorney General Nominee William Barr’s recent comments regarding marijuana legalization and how he would handle states that have reformed their cannabis policies if he were confirmed as the next Attorney General.
“It is encouraging that William Barr pledged not to enforce federal marijuana prohibition against the majority of US states that have reformed their laws. With this commitment, Congress has a clear mandate to take action and end the underlying policy of federal criminalization,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “In an era when 47 states have laws on the books that defy the Schedule 1 status of cannabis, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective to try to put this genie back in the bottle.”
If confirmed by the US Senate, Sen. Sessions will possess the power to roll back decades of hard-fought gains. He will have the authority to challenge the medical marijuana programs that now operate in 29 states and the adult use legalization laws that have been approved in eight states.
Call your Congressional Switchboard and ask to be patched through to your home state Senators at (202) 224-3121 to tell them to have Sessions clarify his intentions or be defeated.
Already it appears that Sen. Grassley will try to keep the hearings as short as possible and restrict the number of witnesses who testify.
The Vermont Senate approved legalization legislation this week! We also have several additional international updates from around the globe.
In an interview earlier this week with National Public Radio, US Attorney General Eric Holder publicly acknowledged the obvious: -There are too many citizens in prison on low level drug charges -The mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines employed by the federal government should be reformed -The inherent outcome of the federal criminal justice system affirms serious racial disparities exist Holder: “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old. There have been a lot of unintended consequences. There’s been a decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.” “[W]e […]