Date: November 3, 2023Attorney: Joshua S. Bauchner

Bauchner sheds light on the historical context of cannabis prohibition, emphasizing its racist origins, dating back to Harry Anslinger’s efforts to demonize cannabis and disproportionately target African-American communities. He criticizes the War on Drugs, which has led to the unjust incarceration of millions for minor drug offenses, perpetuating systemic inequalities within the criminal justice system.

Recognizing that 38 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized cannabis to varying degrees, Bauchner advocates for immediate reform. He calls for cannabis legalization, decriminalization, and the implementation of expungement programs to address the injustices wrought by cannabis prohibition. His insights highlight the urgent need to rectify the historical mistakes of cannabis legislation and work toward a more equitable and just society.

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