Join the New Brunswick Theological Seminary for a Social Justice Discussion on Fiction, Facts and Faith of Marijuana Legalization
On Tuesday, November 20, the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) will hold an event, “Fiction, Facts & Faith: A Call to Action Concerning the Legalization/Decriminalization of Marijuana.”
The event is co-hosted by the NBTS Center for Critical Exploration of Social Justice & Salvation and Social Justice.
The event will take place the evening of November 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. NBTS is located at 35 Seminary Place in New Brunswick, NJ.
Join this event as we untangle myths, discuss serious concerns, and work together to find constructive ways people of faith can organize and advocate for restorative justice solutions.
The legislation proposed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin favors legalization over decriminalization. Decriminalization would remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana without creating store for adults to purchase marijuana and a system for taxing and regulating sales.
But decriminalization of marijuana also has supporters in the New Jersey legislature. Senators Ronald Rice and Robert Singer have spearheaded bills to decriminalize marijuana and the bills have sponsorship support.
Decriminalization has the opportunity to address racial inequities in arrests for the possession of marijuana. Studies have shown that African-Americans account for a disproportionate number of marijuana arrests in New Jersey, even though whites and blacks use the drug at similar rates.
The passage of marijuana legalization provides the opportunity to address legal justice, economic access, housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment and access to support services. Each of these cornerstones could have a significant and direct impact on stabilizing communities and creating opportunities for those directly impacted by drug policies and disparate targeting by law enforcement.
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