On Wednesday, Iowa Democrats asserted that they want to decriminalize and regulate marijuana at the same tier as alcohol.
No Republicans, who are the legislature’s majority, have officially backed the measure so far.
About forty Democrats, including Iowa senators and city council members, approved the decriminalization of possession of small cannabis amounts and expungement of marijuana-related criminal convictions for Iowans.
Democrats have proposed three policy changes;
- One that sets up the same cannabis regulations as alcohols’
- A bill that gets rid of criminal convictions for cannabis possessions intended for recreational use and eradicates past criminal cases
- A third reform that authorizes local governments to legalize small amounts
Activists asserted that authorizing marijuana is an effort toward tackling the racial bias that Colored Iowans experience within the state’s criminal justice department.
Stacey Walker, Linn County supervisor, said that colored Iowans have a higher probability of being arrested for cannabis possession than white Iowans, despite having similar consumption levels.
In April, the state’s ACLU unveiled a report that indicated that Black Iowans’ marijuana-related arrest probability is seven times higher. This data was collected from the United States’ law enforcement information.
Walker stated that more than half of the states within the union have legalized marijuana. If Iowa jumps into the bandwagon and legalizes cannabis, it can be prosperous in several aspects.
According to Bruce Teague, the state’s city mayor, legalizing cannabis will tackle both racial impartiality and a medical requirement for those who may require it to reprieve their pain.
Teague advised that regulating cannabis like alcohol is a prudent move.
State Senator Smith Jackie said her territory is a tri-state region and will legalize cannabis from 1st July. She added that she doesn’t want the state funds to leave Iowa and benefit another state.