A coalition of civil liberties groups in the U.S. is pressing Congress to pass marijuana legalization within the month.

WASHINGTON — A coalition featuring the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has asked the Democratic-controlled Congress to finalize legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana across the United States.

Such a call comes as states across the country have already adopted laws and regulations that enable the sale and cultivation of recreational and medicinal marijuana strands.

Kyle Jaeger, an associate editor for Marijuana Moment, reports that the coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter to House leadership requesting a fast-track of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.

“In the face of a growing national dialogue on discriminatory law enforcement practices, including the disproportionate policing of drug use in communities of color, transforming our criminal-legal system and redressing its harms is more relevant and more pressing than ever before,” the letter states.

“Marijuana reform represents a modest but necessary first step toward that transformation and toward repairing the harm wrought by the War on Drugs. The MORE Act remains the most effective and equitable way forward.”

The Leadership Conference features 220 organizations working for criminal justice reform and to protect the rights of drug users and members of communities of color.

The MORE Act cleared the House last year but was killed.

A recent refiling leaves the bill up for debate again and serves as a potential benchmark win for drug legalization and criminal justice reform during the tenure of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

We mention this because Biden and Harris, like running mates on the 2020 campaign trail, openly endorsed the concept of national legalization as a means to counter the terrible impacts of the War on Drugs.

Democrats in the Senate and the House have openly announced that they intend to push for marijuana legalization, using the slim majorities both chambers have over others in the chamber, including Republicans.

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Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly
1 year ago

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Nationwide at The Federal Level Now!

It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records. Especially, if they happen to be of the “wrong” skin color or they happen to be from the “wrong” neighborhood. Which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!