**SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
This Saturday is the next in a series of nationwide marches: it's the MARCH FOR SCIENCE! (I told my 8 yr old daughter about it and she was a little confused about why we were having to march "for science". I was like "I know. It's ridiculous. But still, we're going.") You can find satellite marches here:
1. TODAY IS 4/20, a special holiday for stoners everywhere. All kidding aside, marijuana laws are not just about letting people get stoned—these policies have major economic and social impacts on communities all over the country, ESPECIALLY communities of color. In recent years, an ever-growing list of states has legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, despite the fact that the Federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana in the most highly regulated category of drugs, alongside heroin and bath salts. Although the Obama administration relaxed enforcement of this federal law with respect to marijuana, Attorney General Sessions and President Trump have now indicated plans to aggressively enforce federal law against recreational marijuana use, even in states that have decriminalized it. This is not just about letting people get high—this is a major criminal and racial justice issue—though marijuana usage among Black and white Americans is roughly the same, Black American are almost 4x as likely to get arrested for it (per a 2013 ACLU report).
To reconcile federal and state law and prevent a Trump administration crackdown, a bipartisan group of representatives has proposed H.R.975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would remove federal prohibitions on marijuana for users who comply with their own state's laws. A 2017 Quinnipiac poll found that over 70% of Americans support this compromise. At a time when our country faces a serious epidemic of opiate drugs, jailing more people for using marijuana is cruel and counterproductive.
This is a HOUSE BILL so call your HOUSE REP [script from 5calls.org]:
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I'm calling in support of the bipartisan bill H.R.975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act. The government should be focused on fighting the opiate epidemic, not cracking down on marijuana."
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