Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand presented her plan for legalization of marijuana and removing of all records of non-violent marijuana convictions, she revealed on Wednesday, Fox News informed.
Gillibrand’s plan is focused on rehabilitating “communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana laws,” mostly African-American and Hispanic, by decriminalizing the use of this drug and channeling tax revenue from a non-prescription marijuana products into support programs for formerly imprisoned individuals for pot-related charges.
According to data from the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College, black people were 8.1 times more likely to be detained and Hispanics five times more likely to be arrested in 2017 than their white counterparts.
“These findings and the data behind them provide an empirical foundation for important policy conversations underway in New York State about decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, such as how to reduce racial differences in arrest rates,” the report said.
“I hope to lift up communities held down for generations by unjust marijuana laws,and give small businesses in underserved communities access to capital and technical assistance through marijuana-specific programs,” she said.
Her plan also contains a research for medical merijuana use to fight the opioid addiction epidemic and to include coverage for medical marijuana in all private health insurance plans, as well as federal programs such as the VA, Medicare, and Medicaid.