US (MA): Lawmakers push cannabis social equity amendment to controversial policing bill

Massachusetts legislators are attempting to resolve what advocates view as a problematic provision of a policing reform bill that would direct cannabis tax revenue to law enforcement training.

Three relevant amendments have been offered to the Senate-approved bill as it awaits action on the House floor this week. Advocates are especially hopeful that one particular measure will be approved, as it would require that any funding for police training derived from cannabis “be equal to or less than” funding to promote social equity in the industry by encouraging participation by people from communities harmed by the war on drugs.

The amendment would add a section of the bill, which was recently approved by the House Ways and Means Committee, that would create “a separate fund to be known as the social equity training and technical assistance fund to be expended, without further appropriation, by the cannabis control commission.”


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