From Feb. 2018
Reports of race-based marijuana busts confirm what years of research has already proven - that marijuana arrests disproportionately impact communities of color.
Marijuana use is virtually the same between black and white Americans, yet black Americans are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, continues to push regressive legislation against legalization and is threatening to undermine states' abilities to choose how to best deal with this issue, perpetuating a racist double standard that harms Brooklyn families.
I believe legalizing marijuana and re-enfranchising people who have previously served their time is core to criminal justice reform and will provide much needed resources to states and relief to taxpayers. Our Congressmember's failure to act is unacceptable; as a Congressmember, I will be a strong voice for this long, overdue reform.