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Cannabis reform as a pathway to racial justice and opportunity

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Federal cannabis legalization would serve as the ideal step toward reversing the effects of the racially motivated and enforced War on Drugs. However, President Biden has not yet supported such a policy position, despite pressure from Democrats in Congress. Absent federal legislation, there are still a series of steps the administration and states can take to recognize the harmful effects of the War on Drugs, especially on communities of color, and the institutionalization of injustice, inequity, and diminished opportunity.

On May 25, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a webinar to discuss issues of cannabis legalization, restorative justice, and economic opportunity. Panelists examined the disproportionate impact of the War on Drugs on communities of color and highlighted opportunities, challenges, and recommendations to advance equity and justice through cannabis policy reform.

Viewers submitted questions for speakers by emailing or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov by using #Legalization.




John Hudak

Former Brookings Expert

Director of the Office of Cannabis Policy - Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services

Natasha Mejia

Policy Analyst - National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

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