A congressional caucus is calling for a new reform that features cannabis legalization within next year’s first half.
On Monday, the progressive congressional commission launched a platform that comprises 7 major sections including racial injustice, health care and COVID19 relief. The last section focuses on marijuana authorization and wider criminal justice bills such as scraping off prior records.
According to the recent People’s Agenda, Congress needs to decrease incarceration and criminalization through legalizing marijuana, sentencing reform, offering restorative justice and expunging records. This effort would reduce racial inequality and racism.
Representative Jayapal Pramila, the caucus’ assistant chair, said that the People’s Agenda is an assortment of months of work to select their common progressive priorities for the onset of a different Congress. He added that Congress has to oversee that power is restored in the people’s hands urgently.
In regards to marijuana reform, the House approved a comprehensive provision to federally authorize the crop in early December. However, it’s extremely unlikely that the Senate will approve it after the session.
Although the caucus is calling for legalization, the aspects of implementing that bill by 2022 will probably be determined by the outcomes of Georgia’s double Senate runoffs in January next year.
In case Democrats triumph in both, they’ll be the chamber’s majority members; thus, they’ll have sufficient votes to advance the MORE (Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement) Act with the regulation’s present Senate sponsor, Kamala Harris (vice President-Elect), as the tie-breaker.
During last week’s interview, Senator Booker Cory said that anyone in Georgia right now can control whether cannabis will be authorized or not by voting.
The new commission’s supporting factsheet states that poverty criminalization and the failed fight on drug substances have been major sponsors of mass racial injustice and incarceration.
The proposal points out reports from ACLU and Drug Policy Alliance indicating that the Black folk have a higher probability of being arrested for drug cases such as cannabis.