Black Lives Matter Activists Endorse Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

blackBlack Lives Matter activists have endorsed an end to one of the most racially biased policies in the American legal system; cannabis prohibition.

The group calling for the decriminalization of cannabis is part of their new Campaign ZERO. In addition to calling on Congress to pass legislation that would “end federal marijuana prohibition or end DEA enforcement of this prohibition”, they’re specifically calling for the passage of the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 (House Bill 1940) – sponsored by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) – which would amend the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that penalties related to cannabis wouldn’t apply in states that have legalized the plant.

Campaign ZERO was launched by Black Lives Matter activists Samuel Sinyangwe, Brittany Packnett, DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie. You can learn more about the effort by clicking here.


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