The War on Drugs has devastated our communities and perpetuated racial inequalities across our country. As an organizer, I fought to legalize marijuana, restore voting rights to justice-involved people, and get reparations for communities unfairly targeted by law enforcement. 

The criminalization of drug use actively hurts people — especially Black and Brown folks. It does nothing but harm people with addictions, brutalize communities and funnel money into private prisons and illicit enterprises. Addiction is a health issue, and we should be looking at it through a public health lens, not a penal one.  

The only path past the War on Drugs is restitution and reparations. This must include expunging marijuana convictions and reserving licenses for those incarcerated for related crimes. It is not right that we simultaneously reward mega-corporations with this new market while excluding the very communities the War on Drugs attacked.

In Congress, I plan on continuing the work I’ve already done in the drug policy space. As a Howard student, I campaigned for legalization in Washington DC, and in 2017 I was a panelist during Drug Policy Alliance’s International Conference. In 2020 I worked on the NJCANN202 campaign to pass the legalization referendum in New Jersey. I am a former board member of Repair Now, an organization that helps people who were previously justice-involved — especially with regards to drugs — to understand their voting rights. This year, I was listed on InsiderNJ’s Top 100 Cannabis Power list for my work in New Jersey’s legalization movement.

As Congresswoman, I will: