DPA Statement on Passage of Blumenauer-Norton-McClintock Amendment

Press Release June 20, 2019
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Below is a statement from Michael Collins, Director of National Affairs for Drug Policy Alliance, on the passage of the Blumenauer-Norton-McClintock amendment to stop the Department of Justice intervening in states that have legalized marijuana:

“The end of marijuana prohibition has never been closer. When Drug Policy Alliance and a small band of allies first worked on this amendment in 2015, we were told that we didn’t stand a chance. But we convinced members this was the right thing to do, and four years on, victory is sweet. Now is the time for Democrats to pivot to passing legislation that will end prohibition through a racial justice lens, making sure that the communities most impacted by our racist marijuana laws have a stake in the future of legalization. To do anything less would be to repeat an injustice.”

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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