A caucus of Minnesota legislators is supporting marijuana authorization and scrapping of previous marijuana records as an approach to dismantling racial injustice within the state.
Last week, the Racial Justice House Select Commission acquired a report that deeply explains racial-based differences and suggests an assortment of reforms that could tackle those concerns.
The report says that the legislature has to pursue cannabis legalization and expunge non-violent cannabis convictions to tackle adverse effects on people of colour in the justice system.
The select commission was responsible for analyzing Minnesota’s racial differences as part of the House-approved resolution. It calls for the Senate and governor to implement resolutions that underscore that racism is a public health problem culminating in disparities in mental and health wellness, family stability, housing, criminal justice, economic development, public safety and employment.
The House Majority Leader, Winkler Ryan, said that Members of the committee are pushing for their suggestions to be centred around the legislature’s operations in setting up 2021’s budget.
In early 2020, Ryan submitted a proposal to fully decriminalize cannabis within Minnesota. He described his bill as the best across the United States since it would have concentrated on social equity within the sector. However, it was never adopted by the legislature.
Representative Moran Rena, committee’s co-leader, said that she’s proud of the Select Committees’ persistent effort in 2020 to ensure Minnesotans comprehend the background of systematic racism. She’s also proud that the committee gave sufficient attention to the state’s unreasonable racial disparities.
She added that it’s time for the other lawmakers to back these pertinent recommendations to aid Indigenous, Black and coloured folks to live safe, successful and healthy lives flooded with opportunities to attain their potential.
Apart from the marijuana-related recommendations, the caucus also asked lawmakers to enact a pilot program that’s associated with women charged with drug-related non-violent felony crimes.