This month, it’s a Supreme Court confirmation fight. Next month, it’s a marijuana bill… at least, if things in the US Senate play out as they should.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been nominated by President Biden to fill Justice Breyer’s seat and, if confirmed, she could become the most pro-criminal justice reform Justice in the history of the Highest Court.
Here at BOWL PAC, we’re joining dozens of other groups demanding the Senate move quickly on her nomination. Will you join us?
Prior to her time as a Judge, she served as a federal public defender and as the vice chair of the US Sentencing Commission, where she worked to shape criminal justice policy and reduce sentences for individuals incarcerated for drug offenses. On top of this, also held several clerkships with SCOTUS. In short, Judge Brown Jackson is more than qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court Justice and all signs point to her being a crucial voice for criminal justice and drug policy reform.
According to the Washington Post, “not since Thurgood Marshall has a justice had such extensive experience representing criminal defendants.”(1)
And when describing a vote she cast on automatic expungement on resentencing for the US Sentencing Commission, Jackson once said “if ever the day should come when the retroactive application of a guideline … furthers our societal interests in equitable sentencing and the avoidance of unwarranted disparity, this is that day.”(2)
You might ask yourself “but Tyler, what does this have to do with a marijuana bill next month?” Well, last month, Senate Majority Leader Schumer said in a press conference that he plans to formally introduce the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) this April.(3) However, if the Senate is bogged down in a protracted Supreme Court fight, then the bill could be delayed.
So this is a two-for-one action. Join me in demanding a speedy confirmation for this eminently qualified and justice-driven nominee to be confirmed without delay so the Senate can focus on cannabis policy reform.
All Power to the People,
BOWL PAC Board Member