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Petition: End Marijuana Prohibition With Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

Senate Leader Schumer, along with Senators Cory Booker and Ron Wyden have released the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) to end federal marijuana prohibition and support programs to expunge precious criminal records and support small businesses getting licensed in the emerging legal market.

The federal criminalization of cannabis harms our communities. According to the most recent arrest data, an American is put into handcuffs for a marijuana offense every 90 seconds. Per the ACLU, Black Americans are nearly 4 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts, despite similar consumption rates.

Maintaining marijuana prohibition flies in the face of voters, who consistently support legalization. Majorities of Democratic, Independent, and Republican voters all support the legalization of marijuana. Where marijuana legalization has been on the ballot, it has won, often overwhelmingly.  

In April, the House of Representatives already passed their own bill to legalize marijuana called the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, and much of that bill has been included in this new Senate effort. Building upon the progress of MORE, the CAOA includes enhanced provisions for highway safety, veterans healthcare, youth use prevention, and many other important public safety elements associated with comprehensive marijuana policy reform.

Legalization cannot wait and only together we will win. With this introduction, it marks the first time in US history that the Leader of a chamber of Congress has put forward a plan to end marijuana prohibition. We cannot lose momentum. Please, sign your name and join our grassroots coalition in delivering legalization.

Tell the Biden Administration: Take Action to free Brittney Griner from Russia!

As the world waits breathlessly as Brittney Griner is held captive in a Russian prison for a small amount of hash oil, we must demand President Biden take action to free her. However, as we reflect on this horrendous injustice abroad, we must recognize that this inequity occurs in our own country every day– where hundreds of people in America are arrested for cannabis daily.

To be clear, there is no place in this world where people should be imprisoned for possession of a plant like marijuana. For this reason, and many others, we must join hands in demanding the Biden administration take action to free Brittney Griner and set an example for upending prohibitionists’ policing.

Further Reading:
Brittney Griner to Biden: ‘I’m Terrified I Might Be Here Forever’

Thank You Gov. Hochul

Governor Hochul and leaders in the New York State legislature enacted groundbreaking legislation that prioritizes previously cannabis-related convicted individuals and their close family members to receive consideration for new licenses in the emerging adult-use marketplace first.