The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly ensnares hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. What’s more, it is carried out with staggering racial bias.
Join the ACLU of Florida on Friday, September 21 for a conversation on how race has played a role in the criminalization of marijuana and its users. After the panel discussion, stick around for a reception with other ACLU supporters and friends.
Panel discussion: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Constitution Uncorked reception: 5 -7 p.m.
Guest panelists will discuss the fight to legalize marijuana and bring equity to communities of color and the future for marijuana as it joins the mainstream. We will also examine the economic and legislative impact of marijuana on black and brown people.
- ACLU of Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform Manager Raymer Maguire, IV
- Professor Jennifer Smith, FAMU Law
- Scheril Murray Powell, General Counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana
- The panel will be moderated by ACLU of Florida Deputy Director Melba Pearson.
Co-sponsors include: FAMU Black Law Students Association, ACLU of Florida, ACLU of Florida FAMU Law Chapter and ACLU of Florida Central Florida Chapter.
The forum is free and open to the public, but let us know if you can make it by RSVPing today. $25 suggested donation for the Constitution Uncorked reception, which can be made online. Must be 21+ to attend.