The Cannabis Equity Act: Equity for communities devastated by the War on Drugs
The criminalization of cannabis, even for simple possession, has crippled the lives of people of color disproportionately for more than four decades. It is time to move to a system of legal, regulated and taxed adult-use cannabis in Illinois.
Current cannabis laws, fines, and arrests are carried out with staggering racial bias. The illicit market, which prohibition makes inevitable, continues to breed violence in our poorest communities all across Illinois.
Regulation would make Illinois a safer state. It would allow us to educate adults, informing them about what a product contains and enabling them to make informed decisions. Banning sales by law to those under 21 would help to limit access to our youth. Under prohibition, these measures are not possible.
If the possession of cannabis is legalized, further legislation being considered in Springfield would permit the expungement of cannabis arrests and convictions and allocate funds to communities ravaged by the War on Drugs.
We cannot wait any longer to make this the law of the land in Illinois. Click HERE to ask your legislators to vote yes on the Cannabis Equity Act, SB7, for a regulatory system that works for all of Illinois.
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**Here's a shout-out for the referendum on a FAIR TAX, which passed both houses and was signed by the governor this week!! Well done!