Last week, the nation was poised for the House of Representatives’ historic passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, a step towards remedying the harms of the War on Drugs on Black and Brown communities. Despite passage in the House, the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, making it essential for state-level cannabis reform efforts to continue.

For too many Black and Brown Americans, a prior marijuana conviction is a major barrier to accessing much-needed opportunities to advance their quality of life, perpetuating a cycle of economic hardship in their communities. Black people in particular…

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