Lawmakers asserted in a recent House resolution that was unveiled on Thursday that Congress should make efforts to legalize cannabis, scrape off marijuana-related records and permit safe sites of consumption for illicit substances.
Representative Pressley Ayanna is sponsoring the reform, which advocates for an array of amendments that are intended to minimize mass incarceration and widely reform America’s criminal justice system. She also unveiled an original resolution version during the last congress with a similar drug-related text; however it didn’t advance,
Although the drug policy isn’t at the core of the comprehensive proposal, it’s part of an extensive measure from the group of Democratic legislators. Pressley named the initiative the ‘People’s Justice Guarantee,’ and aims to set up a structure for an impartial, equitable, and legal system.
The measure states that in order to minimize the number of incarcerated individuals, Congress needs to legalize addiction, poverty, homelessness, disabilities, and HIV status. Congress needs to do this by legalizing cannabis and sites of overdose prevention, refusing to prosecute minor felonies (including theft of essential goods and loitering), and scraping off records of folks with cannabis-related misdemeanors.
It asserts that this is the right time for the State Government to start large-scope decarceration efforts that’ll restructure the United States legal system.
Pressley asserted during a press conference that at this juncture, the county has a chance and role to pursue structural and bold reforms that move resources further from companies that perpetuate injustice and brutality and embark on solutions that foster community safety and focus on humanity and dignity of all individuals.
The measure’s co-sponsors include Representative Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria, Jackson Lee Sheila, Jamaal Bowman, Ileana Omar, Earl Blumenauer, and many others.
It’s been sponsored by several organizations, such as Lawyers for Civil Rights, Vera Justice Institute, and Center for Popular Democracy.