East Bay progressives Reps. Barbara Lee
and Ro Khanna.
Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna introduced legislation Wednesday that would end the federal prohibition on cannabis.
The bill piggy-backs similar legislation introduced with great fanfare last year by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and gives states the authority to create their own laws and policies for cannabis sales and recreational use.
“This legislation will end this destructive War on Drugs” said Lee during in a conference call on Wednesday that was broadcast on Facebook Live (see below).
The House bill also gives those who have served time for low-level drug offenses the opportunity to have their conviction expunged from their records, in addition to creating funding mechanisms for community reinvestment to help the formerly incarcerated with job training, in addition, to costs associated with the courts and expungement.
Last week, another East Bay elected official, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, offered a similar bill in the State Assembly that would pave the way for those convicted during the War on Drugs a chance for a clean slate.