The Riverdale Press: Want to legalize marijuana? It must be fair

“Those neighborhoods have been targeted and have suffered in the war on marijuana,” said Eli Northrup, a policy counsel for Bronx Defenders, a non-profit that provides criminal defense from its base in Melrose. “If and when marijuana becomes legal, we need to repair those communities.”

“Even small marijuana convictions can prevent people from getting public housing,” Northrup said. “They can be denied housing, denied jobs, and there are huge implications for immigration. People are deported for this. Expungment does not solve that.”

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