African Americans are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at nearly four times the rate of white people, while both consume marijuana at roughly the same rates.
Legalizing marijuana is a justice issue, and the first step to ending the disastrous war on drugs, which has targeted people of color and destroyed the lives of millions of Americans.
It is time to legalize marijuana at the federal level and start the work to expunge past marijuana-related convictions. I believe that revenue from marijuana sales should be directly reinvested in communities hit the hardest by the failed war on drugs.
I also believe that legalizing marijuana will have a positive effect on public revenue and would allow for a host of new opportunities for business and the economy.