ACLU & NAACP Join Calls for Cannabis Reform
The ACLU and NAACP have joined with over 100 other organizations, including NORML and the Center for American Progress, to support cannabis reform and call on Congress to pass the MORE Act. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act as well as address numerous criminal justice and social equity concerns.
The MORE Act was introduced by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, last month after a subcommittee hearing on #prohibition led by Congresswoman Karen Bass and featuring fellow advocates Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. The Chairman’s lead ensures that this bill will at minimum receive a mark-up and committee vote and--barring opposition from the Speaker--will advance to a floor vote in the House of Representatives in the near future.
The nature of our legislature means that without Republican support in the Senate, specifically the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, the chances of this bill ever landing on the President’s desk are exceedingly slim.
But advocacy is incremental--and being positioned to move when the opportunity arises is key. While we see progress in Congress, we cannot lose sight of the fact that there are many basic obstacles the cannabis community has yet to overcome politically. We need to make this a priority of our elected officials, and the only way to do that is ratchet up the pressure.
Text VCC to 52886 to take action. Contact your member of Congress and let them know that you want them to #EndCannabisProhibition and ensure #EqualAccess to cannabis for every person who needs it in this country. We want reform, research, and restoration.
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