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The war on drugs must end

Here in Oregon, we're ahead of the curve when it comes to the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved medical and recreational cannabis back in 2014. Since then, legalizing cannabis has created thousands of Oregon jobs, saved millions of dollars in frivolous prosecution and foolish incarceration, and generated hundreds of millions more for our public schools, mental health and drug addiction recovery services.

In other words: it's been a resounding success.

But at the federal level, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule l controlled substance alongside drugs like heroin and cocaine. It's absurd. And because of this ridiculous classification by the DEA, Oregon cannabis companies can't access federal banking services like other Oregon businesses can, putting undue burdens on their ability to succeed.

Tell Congress, "It's past time: end the disastrous federal prohibition of cannabis!

The U.S. spends $3.6 billion a year prosecuting cannabis convictions. Imagine what good we could do with $3.6 billion? And we know that Black Americans are arrested for cannabis possession at a much higher rate than white Americans, despite the usage rates being comparable. This is wrong and it must stop. We must legalize cannabis at the federal level, end the racist war on drugs, and invest in the things that matter.

Add your name to tell Congress: The time is now! Legalize cannabis at the federal level!


Posted on April 20, 2021.

As Independent as Oregon.

Peter DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable health care and develop options outside of the for-profit marketplace, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

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