Today in New Jersey there will be an event focused on faith and cannabis reform. If you are in the area, you should check it out. New Jersey is in the midst of a significant push to end cannabis prohibition, and members of the faith community need to get on board and help push the effort over the top. Below is more information about the event via Eventbrite:
Join us to learn more about the moral case for marijuana legalization in New Jersey and how to ensure that legalization legislation provides a level playing field and addresses past harms to the communities most impacted by marijuana prohibition.
Reverend Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark
Reverend Charles Boyer, Bethel AME Church, Woodbury
Pastor Willie Dwayne Francois III, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville
Roseanne Scotti, Drug Policy Alliance
David Nathan, MD, DFAPA, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
For decades, marijuana policies have devastated hundreds of thousands of our state’s families and communities. In 2013 alone, more than 24,000 marijuana possession arrests were made by law enforcement, making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding people and imposing a lifetime of punishment on those who are convicted. Marijuana laws have also been used to support biased policies like stop and frisk, racial profiling and the deportation of people of color. It’s time to right these wrongs.
Marijuana legalization is on the upcoming legislative agenda in New Jersey. At this point, it is not a question of whether marijuana will be legalized, but a question of when and more importantly, how. Until recently, marijuana legalization laws have inadequately addressed the lasting impacts of decades of harsh marijuana prohibition and punishment, but New Jersey must do better.
In order to ensure that marijuana legalization legislation in New Jersey is truly fair and equitable, legislation must be grounded in racial and social justice. Join us as we discuss how to create a more just and compassionate state.
When: Thu, February 22, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Where: Bethany Baptist Church 275 West Market Street Newark, NJ 07103