High Times – NORML Publishes Open Letter To Presidential Candidates To Pledge Marijuana Reform

“The leading cannabis advocacy group, NORML, is urging both presidential candidates to commit to legalization.

The country has evolved on marijuana policy. Polls show large swaths of the country now favor legalization, an attitude that dovetails with a wave of states and cities that have either ended prohibition or embraced decriminalization. But despite a decade of progress, this year’s presidential election pits two candidates still stuck in the past.

Now, the country’s leading cannabis advocacy group is ramping up the pressure. In a press release on Thursday, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, made an impassioned call for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden to ‘to pledge to take steps to end America’s failed federal policy of marijuana criminalization.’

‘The criminalization of marijuana financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color,’ NORML Executive Erik Altieri said in a statement. ‘Americans demand a President who recognizes this reality and who will seek to amend federal law in a manner that comports with scientific consensus, public opinion, and the plant’s rapidly evolving cultural status.’ …”

Read the full article by Thomas Edward at High Times

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