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NAACP ENDORSES   HR 1523 - Respect
State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013

From Howard Wooldridge


COP Field Work: DC (MLK March/Rally) ­ Summer of 2013

WHEREAS, as a result of the “War on Drugs” and mandatory minimum sentences imposed largely at the federal level, the prison population has exploded in the past few decades; and
 WHEREAS, one crucial result of these misguided and misplaced policies has been the disproportionate over-confinement of racial and ethnic minorities: more than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities; and
 WHEREAS, two-thirds of all persons in prison today for drug offenses are people of color; and
 WHEREAS, more than 700,000 people annually are arrested in the United States for the possession of marijuana; and
 WHEREAS, even though numerous studies demonstrate that whites and African Americans use and sell marijuana at relatively the same rates, studies also demonstrate that African Americans are, on average, almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, and in some jurisdictions Blacks are 30 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites; and
 WHEREAS, there are also extreme economic consequences to the present day enforcement of marijuana laws; nationally, states spent an estimated $3.61 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010 alone; money that could be spent on education, job training, and other valuable services; and
 WHEREAS, several states throughout the U.S. have departed from current federal law to develop more well-tailored and effective guidelines and sentencing ranges for small, low-level marijuana use which are moderating some of the more extreme federal policies and their repercussions; and
 WHEREAS, these state laws are at times at odds with federal laws; and
 WHEREAS, legislation has been introduced in the 113th Congress, H.R. 1523, with strong bipartisan support, which would prohibit the federal enforcement of marijuana laws in states which have lesser penalties.
 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP supports H.R. 1523 and encourages its swift enactment; and
 BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the NAACP Washington Bureau shall contact Members of the Congress and urge the swift enactment of H.R. 1523.

COP Field Work: Colorado - Fall of 2012

COP Field Work: California Fall of 2010   


 Detective/Officer Howard 'cowboy'  Wooldridge (retired)
 Co-Founder of LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
 817-975-1110 Cell
 Modern Prohibition/The War on Drugs is the most destructive, dysfunctional
&  immoral  domestic policy since slavery  & Jim Crow.



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