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Did you know that you can support The Nation while drinking wine? [The] "[The] Drug warfare has been a war against color since its inception decades ago, including data, studies, reports and court rulings on stops, arrests, Charges, pleas, and condemnation come to the same shameful conclusion: blacks are treated much harsher than whites, "argues Ezekiel Edwards, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's criminal justice reform project
What Edwards and other proponents of the reform say is true.
So it is true that Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives across the country are making the connection between specific demands for marijuana legalization and the wider movement for criminal justice reform. An increasing number of prosecutors and judges, legislators and even some governors have recognized the need for comprehensive reform. There is more and more acceptance of the wisdom of the argument that Edwards set out in 2017: "While ending the drug war will not end other manifestations of racism in the criminal justice system, it becomes one of the system's most widely used and abused tools To damage and overstate color communities The fight for racial justice means reforming the penal system, including ending the war on drugs. "
Now it's about getting a deep understanding of these issues in debates at the top levels of our politics. Therefore, it played a role when Cynthia Nixon, candidature of the Democratic candidate of New York, in her main debate with Andrew Cuomo became big and smart on the issue of marijuana legalization.
Asked about the emphasis she placed on legalization during her campaign, Nixon responded, "I think it's very important that we legalize marijuana in New York State, and eight other states have done it, plus There are many reasons for this, but most of all because it's a matter of racial justice – people of all ethnic and ethnic groups use marijuana at about the same rate, but the arrests for marijuana are 80 percent black and Latino. "
She then went deeper, arguing that efforts must be made to ensure that the economic benefits of legalization benefit the communities most damaged by the drug war. "Not only do we have to legalize marijuana here, but when this multi-billion dollar industry comes to New York, we have to prioritize the communities most damaged by the war on drugs," Nixon said on Wednesday in Hofstra University. "We need to follow the Oakland model, follow the Massachusetts model and prioritize these communities not just for licenses, but also for small loans and other benefits, and we'll have to spend tens of millions of dollars in revenue invest the targeted communities and pay for vocational training and pay for educational programs, and we have to release people detained for marijuana arrests on probation and we need to erase their records and use part of that tax revenue that they will come in again. "
Nixon concluded with rejecting drug warfare and scare tactics to focus on key issues: "[We’re] I'm not talking about children who smoke marijuana, are we talking about adults and we're talking about marijuana in the state of New York has long been legal for white people and it's time to make it legal for everyone else. "
Cuomo adopted a more cautious approach, reported details of a task force report on the issue, and found that he had supported the decriminalization of low marijuana salaries. "I disagree with my adversary that the proceeds should go to reparations," he said of Nixon's plans to use revenue to help communities and individuals most affected by the drug war policy. "But I think the benefits outweigh the risks, so that was the conclusion of a panel of experts."
Nixon and Cuomo contested the question of whether the challenger's legalization focus had moved the governor to a more rational attitude. But it was clear in the debate – as during the whole election campaign – that Nixon is the candidate who drew attention to the topic and demanded that it be discussed.
Time and again, she returned to a fundamental premise that must be part of the debate on criminal law reform: "What we need to stop is the very unequal arrest of colored people for marijuana."