Politics Monday: Marijuana Reforms Take Root As NC Panel Backs Decriminalization
Voters in a half-dozen states, including some deeply red states, approved measures in November's election that legalized marijuana for either recreational or medical use. Thirty-six states now allow marijuana for medical use, and nearly a third of the population lives in states where marijuana use is legal.
Marijuana is done and dusted for #election2020... maybe one of the only things that is.— Natalie Fertig (@natsfert) November 4, 2020
Every weed referendum on a ballot passed yesterday.
Even in South Dakota, where they voted to legalize *both* medical and recreational weed.
By me and @ZhangMona: https://t.co/VgGNrixS35
The U.S. House followed suit with a landmark vote to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, although its fate is likely doomed in the U.S. Senate.
North Carolina appears unlikely to jump on the marijuana bandwagon any time soon, but there is talk of decriminalizing some marijuana possession. A task force looking at racial equity in criminal justice has recommended taking steps to decriminalize, and will present its recommendations to the governor Tuesday.
I am. We must stop saddling people with criminal records for low-level possession of marijuana. White & Black Americans smoke at the same rates; yet African-Americans are much more likely to be arrested & convicted. Possession should be an infraction, like a speeding ticket. https://t.co/UIPt1nuQuW— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) November 19, 2020
Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General, co-chair of the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (@JoshStein_)
Mujtaba Mohammed, North Carolina Senate, District 38-Mecklenburg, task force member (@MMohammedNC)
Natalie Fertig, POLITICO, cannabis policy reporter (@natsfert)
Beau Kilmer, RAND, director of RAND's Drug Policy Research Center (@BeauKilmer)