On at least one issue, Vermont’s social justice and police chief organizations agree: S-54, taxation and regulation of marijuana, is a bad bill and needs to be scrapped.
“It just doesn’t do enough to directly address the harms done primarily on communities of color from cannabis prohibition, prior to letting a lot of wealthy, white-owned businesses profit from this crop, which is such a clear inequity that I think it really is important the Legislature and administration take that into consideration,” she said.
Justice for All, a racial equity group, acknowledged through a statement by its co-founder and Executive Director Mark Hughes that his group did provide testimony on the bills with regards to past laws and policies’ impacts on Black people, but the resulting bills didn’t take it into account."
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