Insider: For advocates, New York’s new legal weed bill is a major victory against racist drug sentencing

“As a public defender, Eli Northrup and the organization he works for, the Bronx Defenders, represented thousands of young Black and brown community members facing life-altering marijuana possession charges. Northrup joined the fight to legalize marijuana in New York after witnessing countless lives destroyed over minor marijuana convictions while “mothers in the Upper East Side and Park Slope were blogging about how marijuana made them better parents.”

“People across races use marijuana at equal rates, but only people of color were being punished,” he told Insider.”

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