Pass Marijuana Legalization with Community Reparations

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Today, Black and white people are using marijuana at the same rate. Yet, Black and Brown people continue to be arrested, incarcerated, and convicted for marijuana at a far higher rate than white people. In some Maryland counties, Black people are arrested at double the national average. This must end.

Tell your Maryland Senators and Delegates to bring real racial justice to marijuana legalization. Vote YES on the Cannabis Legalization and Reparations for the War on Drugs Act (SB 692).

SB 692 has many important provisions and ensures that Black and Brown Marylanders have a role in deciding how the money from marijuana sales are used to better their communities.

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Maryland State Senators and Delegates

Pass Marijuana Legalization with Community Reparations (SB 692)
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Dear Maryland Legislator,

This can be the year we legalize marijuana once and for all. To do it the right way, we must offer redress to those who have interacted with the criminal legal system due to marijuana-related offenses, reduce unnecessary police interactions, establish adequate reparations for the Black and Brown communities most harmed for decades by racist enforcement of marijuana laws and empower them to determine how the money is used to begin to heal their communities.

As a constituent, I urge you to support marijuana legalization with community reparations, and pass SB 692 before the second week of March. Maryland cannot continue to delay legalization of marijuana; our communities are counting on you.

Maryland decriminalized marijuana possession of ten grams or less in 2014. Black and white people use marijuana at the same rates, but Black people continue to be arrested, incarcerated, and convicted, overwhelming more than white people for marijuana. This dangerous racial bias must end and be transformed through redress and reparations for communities most targeted by police.

That is why during this legislative session, I urge you to pass Senate Bill 692 to:

• Legalize marijuana for Marylanders 21 and older;
• Raise the legal possession limit to 4 ounces;
• Prohibit police from using the odor of marijuana, without other legitimate cause for suspicion, as probable cause to arrest and perform a warrantless search of a person or vehicle;
• Vacate previous marijuana-related convictions and mandate reconsideration hearings;
• Ensure that legal marijuana use cannot be the basis for housing, parole, or child custody denial; and
• And reallocate 60% of the tax revenue directly to Black and Brown communities most targeted by police.

Please show your support for marijuana legalization and reparations for the failed "war on drugs" and vote YES on the Cannabis Legalization and Reparations for the War on Drugs Act (Senate Bill 692).

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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