Ben & Jerry is celebrating 4/20 with a call for criminal justice reform, warning Congress that without it, the legalization of marijuana is a "half-baked" idea.
In a video posted on Saturday, which is known as the annual junkies party, the ice cream brand pointed out that when it comes to the pot, those who benefit and those who are punished do not tend to look alike.
"Have you ever noticed that most people who make $$$ with legalized cannabis are white? But, a disproportionate number of people arrested for cannabis use are black? "The company asked, demanding that officials begin to" make sure that legalization does not leave people of color behind and that they expunge everyone's cannabis sentences. "
It's hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people of color continue to be arrested for marijuana. We have to do better. Get more information: https://t.co/DPCcqND0SI pic.twitter.com/fLsngGteOF
– Ben & Jerry & # 39; s (@benandjerrys) April 20, 2019
In a statement issued Friday, Ben & Jerry also urged lawmakers to "provide pardons / amnesties to anyone whose only crime is possession of cannabis," adding that cities like San Francisco have already taken the initiative.
The company also extended its call to action to prosecutors, noting that certain lawyers in large cities are no longer investigating cases of illegal possession.
Ten states in addition to Washington, DC, have now legalized recreational marijuana, while 33 states have approved it for medical use.
However, that does not mean that the arrests are decreasing.
According to an FBI crime statistics report released in September and forced by Forbes, marijuana arrests increased by more than 6,400 from 2016 to 2017, primarily as a goal of possession instead of production or distribution.
In 2013, a report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that people in the US UU They use the boat at almost the same pace regardless of race, but a black person is almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for possession than a white person.
In addition, the report, which examined the arrests from 2001 to 2010, concluded that more than 8 million of them were related to marijuana. That's equivalent to 97 busts per hour.
Now, Ben & Jerry is expressing its request on its website, which has obtained approximately 23,390 signatures so far.
Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Candidate for the presidency in 2020, leads the charge in the current Congress. In February, he presented his Marijuana Justice Law, which aims to legalize the use of marijuana throughout the country and eliminate the criminal record of federal convictions while allowing processed persons to request reduced sentences.
The bill also received the support of other Democratic candidates, with the co-sponsoring of Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-California), Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-). Dough.).