As more and more members of Congress begin vocally supporting marijuana reform, one of the largest caucuses is now throwing their weight behind it as well.
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a group of African-American members of Congress, called on the federal government to end the prohibition of marijuana, allow states to decide their own laws in regards to cannabis and decriminalize the use and possession of the drug at the national level. The CBC noted how the War on Drugs has ravaged impoverished communities around the United States and called for Congress to set up pathways for people with marijuana convictions to receive an expungement from their records.
The CBC also said it's time for the federal government to invest money into communities that have been ravaged by the War on Drugs.
It's probably not too surprising that the CBC would support these policies. After all, black communities have been perhaps the hardest hit when it comes to America's ridiculous prohibition laws. And it also makes sense when you consider that 45 of the 48 members of the caucus are Democrats, and the Democratic Party largely supports ending marijuana prohibition.
But it's still a positive sign to see such a large and important caucus stepping up to support legalization efforts.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)