Decades of blatant racial disparities in marijuana arrests are now a means of unequal ethnic inequality in those who profit from the legal marijuana trade.
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Senator Mitch McConnell was a leading advocate of cannabis legislation.
So that you can imagine, with the Chamber's approval of the provision of an agricultural bill that legitimizes cannabis, the Kentucky senator hastened to encourage the progress that has been made. He even said he would be happy to let Trump use the cannabis pen to sign the bill.
Can you imagine that? Donald Trump signs a farm bill with a cannabis pen? Would make for hell one of the reference images. Surely Mitch McConnell's career will benefit from such a thing. And really, is not that all? Rich white politicians boost their careers by legitimizing something because it benefits them directly?
While I was a long time defending the legislation, and while I am glad that much progress has been made towards ending the embargo, there is a certain fact that has not been adequately addressed: As the green rush unfolds, rich white people get madly enriched by the legitimization of cannabis, People who have been so negatively affected by the war on drugs are still getting screwed.
From persecution to retaliation
The war on drugs was based on the persecution of black and brown people. In the 1930s, Harry J. Ansler, the first drug czar in the country, is racist and afraid to scare white people in agreeing to ban cannabis. This is the man, by the way, who once said …
There are 100,000 smokers of marijuana in the United States, mostly Negroes, Spaniards, Filipinos, and artists. Their satanic, jazz and alternative music, as a result of the use of marijuana. This marijuana makes white women looking for sexual relations with Negroes, artists and others.
This dear reader is the man who started the war on drugs. War was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people – mostly of color – all over the world.
For nearly a century, the war on drugs has destroyed minority communities, imprisoned many black and brown people, and laid the foundation for a level of social and economic oppression that is the complete opposite of freedom and justice for all.
Yes, it is nice to have cannabis soon legalized for growth. It is remarkable that we are witnessing more and more countries challenging the federal ban on cannabis.
The bottom line is that legalization without any form of penance and reprisal for those who suffered the most under the embargo is nothing more than a continuation of US policies that have enriched and enriched the rich elite at the expense of the poor and the weak.
Do you think anyone who has time for the dime bag is excited about Mitch McConnell's pen?
Do you think the parents of the parents who were shot dead by enthusiastic police officers fighting the war on drugs will find solace in the decision of former House Speaker John Boehner to join the cannabis industry?
While legitimizing cannabis is a step in the right direction in terms of personal sovereignty and the pursuit of freedom and freedom, without making sure that all Americans – not just wealthy whites – are included in the wealth creation opportunities that stem from legal ratification, we do great damage to the values we claim It is an integral part of our democracy: freedom, equality and justice.
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Justice, equity and reinvestment
Last week, I attended the Marijuana Justice, Equity and Reinvestment Conference in Albany, New York. There was a place where I was given reminder needed …
The devastation caused by the war on drugs will not disappear by legislation.
More than half of the states in this country have some form of rationing, but our prisons are still overcrowded with non-violent drug addicts, mostly blacks and browns. Communities most affected by the war on drugs remain labyrinths of vacant houses, food deserts and chalk that far outstrip those of rich white communities.
Make no mistake: these conditions are primarily a result of the war on drugs, which was actually a war on poor communities and minorities.
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Social Justice in New York
Here in my State of New York state, we seem to be on the road to ratification. It took a long time to get any real momentum, but recently we saw a number of legislators joining the step to legitimize cannabis after suggesting that the tax revenue generated from legal hemp could be used to fund metro repair.
The subway system is struggling in New York, but not because New Yorkers have not contributed enough to taxes or prices. The system is collapsing due to poor financial management. The same government that imposed the war on drugs, most of them in minority communities, was unable to finance the metro system. Is it now assumed that the debt burden is on the legal cannabis industry?
The bitter irony is not lost on me.
Only in a financial emergency does the government now want to legitimize cannabis in order to cover its transitory debts. But what about a much larger religion? Debt owed to people and communities ravaged by the war on drugs for almost a century?
Such debt seems more urgent, a religion that can be paid right by ensuring that the majority of tax revenues from the sale of hashish are used to rebuild societies that were on the front lines of the drug war.
The United States rebuilt much of Europe's infrastructure after World War II. Surely we can do the same in our country, where our societies were destroyed during the war on drugs. This is not only a kind of compensation for years of pain, death and destruction, but it would be a very smart investment opportunity.
It is estimated that with the use of cannabis to use cannabis in New York, the state will generate about $ 3.1 billion per year. This is not soon enough to cover all the repairs and upgrades that must be made to the subway system in New York. Of course, the use of these funds to cover part of this main project will have little to do with return on investment. However, reinvesting these funds in communities most affected by the war on drugs can bring a significant return on investment.
The use of some of these revenues to finance employment training programs, adult education services, the expansion of early childhood education, and post-school programs in minority communities and poor communities will not only achieve a certain level of recovery but will also require economic support for these Communities. A push that could lead to a genuine revitalization of local economies. This is not just an exercise in social justice. It is an exercise in economic justice. Indeed, they are intertwined. One simply can not exist without the other.
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As we approach 2019, the legislation will be in the forefront and will be presented as a social justice issue and an opportunity for the state to generate some much-needed income. But what the state decides to do with this income, is still in the air. But make no mistake: if some of these tax revenues are not reinvested responsibly in communities heavily affected by the war on drugs, the social justice argument of legislation will be no more than another empty promise from people who have a long history of richness and suffering from blacks And building in this country. Such an outcome is simply unacceptable.