Representatives Urge Congress: Make Marijuana Central to Policing Reforms

An Anaheim congressman and two other representatives, one Republican and one Democrat, are urging fellow lawmakers to make marijuana reform part of any criminal justice legislation.

Three members of Congress took to the House floor on Thursday to argue that marijuana reform should not be set aside and forgotten as the body approves policing overhaul legislation.

Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) each spoke about the issue prior to the law enforcement bill’s passage.

Correa said he supports the broad legislation as a means to combat racial injustices fostered by policing practices. However, “I’d hoped that arrest disparities—especially cannabis-related arrests—would have been part of this measure,” he said. — Marijuana Business Daily

The two issues are intertwined. In some states, Black people are 10 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana-related crimes.

Watch video of the lawmakers’ speeches on the House floor.