Newark, NJ—On Thursday, February 1st, the Bethany Baptist Church Lecture Committee and Drug Coverage Alliance will host, “What’s at Stake? Why Marijuana Legalization is a Racial Justice Difficulty,” at 7:00 pm at Bethany Baptist Church (275 W. Market Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103).
Because the political debate round marijuana legalization heats up in New Jersey, the discussion board will focus why laws to legalize marijuana in New Jersey have to be truthful and equitable and should restore previous harms to communities of shade.
“Marijuana legalization is an ethical concern,” stated Pastor Timothy L. Jones of Bethany Baptist Church. “Marijuana enforcement has devastated households and communities, particularly right here in Newark, and it’s important that any effort to legalize marijuana consists of provisions to proper these wrongs and restore the harms of the Conflict on Medication. Individuals of shade should not be left behind in efforts to legalize marijuana.”
Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Coverage Alliance, agrees, “Till lately, with the passage of Proposition 64 in California, marijuana legalization initiatives haven’t gone far sufficient to restore the harms of marijuana prohibition. What we’ve seen in California is what we wish to replicate right here in New Jersey. Legalization laws in New Jersey should embody automated and retroactive expungement and resentencing, significant entry to the marijuana trade for individuals of shade, together with these with prior convictions, and funding of the tax income generated into these communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition.”
The discussion board might be facilitated by James Eaddy, an area organizer from Irvington, NJ. Panelists embody:
- Reverend Timothy L. Jones, Bethany Baptist Church
- Juan Cartagena, President and Common Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
- Dianna Houenou, Coverage Counsel, ACLU-NJ
- Linda McDonald Carter, Esq., Energetic Neighborhood Citizen, Newark, NJ
- Mikaal Godfrey, Youth Resident, Paterson, NJ
Bethany Baptist Church is a historic church in Newark, New Jersey. Bethany’s church organizations are dedicated to being college students of Christ who use their understanding to make significant, transformative modifications in their very own lives, their properties, their neighborhoods, cities and the world.
The New Options Marketing campaign of the Drug Coverage Alliance has advocated for legal justice reforms in New Jersey for practically a decade. Honest and equitable marijuana legalization is the following initiative in its marketing campaign to reform New Jersey’s damaged legal justice system.
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