Boston, MA: Members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators have for the first time voted in favor of a resolution in support of decriminalizing marijuana. The NHCSL is a non-partisan group that represents the interests of Hispanic state lawmakers from all fifty states.
The resolution states that federal cannabis criminalization is "unconstitutional" because it was initiated by "racist politicians" who explicitly wished to "target ... Mexican-American culture." It calls on federal lawmakers to "enact and sign legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana." It urges state lawmakers to similarly enact decriminalization policies and to seal the records of those formerly convicted of marijuana-related crimes.
"NHCSL believes that our laws should focus on ending the current lawlessness of the black market and allow sound public policy based on scientific evidence to prevail on the issue of cannabis," the group's President stated in a press release.
The NHCSL's actions come days after representatives of the National Conference of State Legislators resolved in favor of removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act.
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at: (202) 483-5500.