Majority Of Cannabis Criminal Justice Task Force Support Legalization
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders recently revealed the members of the new task forces. One of them is a criminal justice reform panel for cannabis legalization supporters. Out of the eight members, three were chosen by Sanders and five by Biden.
The task force is set to meet and submit policy recommendations to the Democratic National Committee Platform Committee and to Biden directly ahead of the party’s convention in August.
What’s the task force members’ stand on this issue?
Tennessee Sen. Raumesh Akbari has created legislation to legalize marijuana and reduce penalties. Chiraag Bains, former federal prosecutor and Demos Director of Legal Strategies, has pushed for Sanders’s comprehensive marijuana legalization plan while condemning the Trump administration. Justin Bamberg, South Carolina Rep., co-sponsored bills to decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medical cannabis in 2015. Vanita Gupta, former Acting Assistant Attorney General, is also part of the task force. She is in support of legalizing marijuana and does not appreciate the harsh criminalization rules for non-violent drug offenses.
Others in the task force include the former Attorney General Eric Holder and Symone Sanders, the senior advisor to Biden. The former has been vocal about being in favor of legalizing marijuana and the latter believes that the former vice president’s modest marijuana reform plan is quite progressive. We also have U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) (co-chair) and Stacey Walker, Iowa County Supervisor, in the task force. Scott co-sponsored a 2018 bill for marijuana de-scheduling. He also worked towards legalizing industrial hemp. Not a lot is known about Walker’s marijuana policy views, but he does seem to be in favor of legalizing marijuana.
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