For twenty years, the people at Students for Sensible Drug Policy have been at the forefront of the battle to finish the War on Drugs and the destruction it has brought to society in the U.S. and beyond. In truth, SSDP has a presence at 300 schools about the planet, which enables students from all walks of life an chance to make their voice heard when it comes to drug prohibition.
With marijuana law reform generating headway at a variety of levels of government in the U.S., I got a opportunity to speak with Hannah Procell, an Advocacy Fellow at SSDP, about federal cannabis law reform and extra.
“We’re glad to see that justice-centered marijuana reform is becoming a expanding priority, but marijuana prohibition need to have in no way begun, so till it is abolished, we will not be happy,” Hannah told The Marijuana Instances. “Every day that Congress continues to procrastinate on this concern, the injustice of marijuana prohibition continues. Congress has an overdue obligation to finish criminalization for marijuana crimes and embrace the job creation, tax income, and financial energy developed by a legal market place.”
However, with Congress moving gradually at this point, there is nonetheless a lengthy way to go to get to federal legalization. “Elected officials have to know that constituents want the state-federal conflict resolved, and there are two techniques to send that message,” Hannah mentioned. “Right now, we need to be calling Congress and meeting with employees in neighborhood offices to ask them to co-sponsor the Far more Act, which legalizes cannabis and starts to repair the harms of prohibition. Subsequent, we will have to mobilize in help of reform-oriented candidates and ballot initiatives in 2020 so the 117th session of Congress starts with a mandate to pass the Far more Act or similarly extensive legislation.”
Along with all of the other techniques SSDP fights marijuana prohibition, they also lately joined the Marijuana Justice Coalition, a group of anti-prohibition organizations that contains the ACLU, Center for American Progress, Center for Law and Social Policy, Drug Policy Alliance, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, NORML and other individuals.
“SSDP has been a aspect of the Marijuana Justice Coalition considering that its initial meeting in August 2018 when participating organizations started building a vision of what perfect cannabis legislation would achieve and how we would get there,” Hannah told us. “While offering consultation to the bill drafters, we identified essential components of restoring justice, zeroing in on the impacts prohibition has on people and communities. Such are the tenets of accurate reparative justice and marijuana policy reform: criminal justice reform and resentencing, immigrant protection, neighborhood reinvestment funds, and an achievable framework for meaningful equity applications. SSDP is proud to stand with the Marijuana Justice Coalition.”
There is nonetheless a lengthy way to go to finish cannabis prohibition fortunately, we have groups like Students for Sensible Drug Policy top the fight.