As Congress debated historic policing reform over the past few weeks, Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) says Democratic Party leaders “told” him to not offer a marijuana amendment, because it would be a distraction. That lecture from leaders of the Democratic Party came even as African Americans continue to be arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated at higher rates than their white counterparts.
Senate Democrats Wednesday derailed a GOP policing reform measure, which was likely the best chance for cannabis reform to be debated – let alone potentially become law – in the waning months of the 116th Congress.
Tensions are still running high in the nation’s capital. The obviously frayed nerves are no longer due to federal officers beating, pepper-spraying and shooting rubber bullets at peaceful BLM protestors camped outside the White House. This week, the drama’s down the street at the U.S. Capitol where lawmakers are at each other’s throats as they debate policing reforms.