Jan 13, 2022
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While cannabis policy reform is sweeping the country, Alabama remains one of only 19 states that still imposes jail time for simple possession of cannabis. The legislature has convened for its 2022 legislative session, and now is the perfect time to let your elected officials know you want them to catch up with the times.
Ask your state legislators to support decriminalizing cannabis in Alabama!
Polling has shown that 63% of Alabama voters support legalizing cannabis for adult use. Surely the margin is even stronger for decriminalization. Still, the legislature must act in order to bring this long overdue policy change.
Thousands of people are arrested each year for cannabis possession in Alabama. Black Alabamians are 4.1 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. In Dekalb County, Black individuals are 45 times more likely to be arrested, the second highest disparity in the nation. The legislature must act in order to bring this long overdue policy change to the Yellowhammer State.
Ask your state legislators to support reducing the penalty for cannabis possession from possible jail time to a civil fine.
Stay tuned for updates — including any efforts to implement and expand the medical cannabis program the legislature enacted last year. To see our summary of the program, click here.
After you reach out to your lawmakers, be sure to share this message with your friends and family in Alabama and encourage them to do the same!