News 12: Lawyer calls for reform ahead of potential marijuana legalization

“There needs to be automatic expungement of criminal records because the racial disparity will continue to haunt people.”

Eli Northrup, our Associate Special Counsel to Criminal Defense, talks about how it’s imperative to be intentional about equity for minorities as marijuana legalization becomes likely in 2019. Simply making it legal to possess and smoke marijuana is not enough. Any reform must be restorative in order for legalization to be executed correctly.

“It needs to make sure that the resource, the tax revenue goes back to the people most affected and that the opportunities are there for the people most affected.”

Watch the interview here