NAACP Gives Support for Marijuana Legalization

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NAACP Supports Marijuana Law Reform

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – NAACP - chapters around the nation have given support to legislation supporting legalization. Pennsylvania NAACP is the latest chapter to endorse the measure.

The bill, re-introduced in February by state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, would allow for the use, regulation and taxing of marijuana in the state. As long as the GOP controls both houses of the Legislature, few expect the bill to pass. And it’s unlikely Republican Gov. Tom Corbett would sign it.

David Scott, left, a representative of the NAACP, announces the group’s support of a marijuana legalization bill introduced by state Sen. Daylin Leach, right.Anna Orso

Nonetheless, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threw its support behind the measure, saying the war on drugs in America unfairly targets minorities and that there is a “staggeringly disproportionate” arrest rate compared with white drug users.