That House Judiciary Committeepresidency MP Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), prepares to vote on a series of criminal justice reform bills. These include a bipartisan proposal to purge records of past federal convictions for cannabis.
The key House Committee will meet in the next few hours to also vote on a bill providing funds for states implementing automatic deletion systems and on the bill codifying retrospective relief for individuals who are evicted because of differences in a crack are incarcerated under the cocaine penalty.
What are the bills and what would they achieve?
- HR 2864: The “Neutral Law” of Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-De) Representative would call for automatic sealing of criminal records for certain state nonviolent marijuana convictions.
- HR 5651: The Fresh Start Act sponsored by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) would provide federal funding to states creating their own automated deletion systems. While it doesn’t specify the types of crimes that would require remedy, a growing number of states are taking steps to implement systems to automatically erase marijuana convictions, and those states would benefit from the new funding, Marijuana Moment reported.
- HR 5455: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) “Terry Technical Correction Act” is responding to a 2021 United States Supreme Court ruling that found that a law designed to reduce state crack cocaine inequality was not applied retrospectively in cases that did not trigger a mandatory minimum sentence.
“Justice is popular with all voters across the ideological spectrum, and the Democratic majority taking action to overturn marijuana convictions is the political response to that public demand.” Justin Strekal, the BOWL PAC founder told Marijuana Moment, hoping to “see reform progress with enough bipartisan support to exonerate the Senate.”
That Judiciary Committee will also point out three other reform bills not directly related to drug policy.
SAFE Banking Plus is also making progress
As the House Committee prepares to vote on these bills, Senate leaders are working to finalize a package of marijuana reform proposals. Among them is the so-called “SAFE Banking Plus”, which was recently discussed by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)the sponsor of the independent Safe and Fair Banking (SAFE) Actinvoice at the Payments, Banking, and Compliance (PBC) Conference.
Lately, Rep. Graf Blumenauer (D-OR) said, that “SAFE Plus” omnibus legislation “It is expected to provide protections for banks that work with federally legal marijuana businesses and also address other racial justice issues.”
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