Congressional Black Caucus Launches The Jobs And Justice Act To Combat The Racist War On Drugs

A 1,227-page bill was introduced by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Thursday as a means of correcting the racial prejudices embedded in current federal drug legislation. The Jobs and Justice Act seeks to have marijuana removed from the list of controlled substances.

The CBC has introduced wide sweeping legislation that calls for a number of reforms to current cannabis legislation. The CBC's Jobs and Justice Act not only calls for the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, but also seeks federal money for the clearing of past cannabis convictions as well as the elimination of minimum mandatory sentences for federal drug offenses.

Additionally, the Jobs and Justice Act calls for imposing a prohibition of racial profiling, making election days federal holidays to make voting easier for working people and funding for numerous social development projects in minority communities, .

“While Dr. King is well known for his efforts to champion social justice issues, he and many other civil rights activists of the day fought for economic justice as well. In addition to voting rights and equal protections under the law, every man, woman, and child deserves equal access to economic opportunities,” says a statement form the CBC.

The CBC's new bill falls in line with other initiative that believe changing cannabis legislation at the federal level is a matter of social justice and could significantly help alleviate the deep racial divide often seen in the established American drug policies.

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Local officials and law enforcers often have fears that allowing legal cannabis shops to operate within their jurisdictions will have detrimental effects. Some people fear that allowing pot shops in their neighborhood will increase violent crime rates, allow young people easier access to the drug and lower the property value of surrounding homes. But is any of that true?

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