Omaha Table Talk discusses racial differences and marijuana laws
Earlier this week, Inclusive Communities hosted an Omaha Table Talk to discuss racial differences and marijuana laws.
Guest speakers included Omaha-born Jahné Maddock, who is studying to pass the California bar exam, and Sen. Terrel McKinney, who is representing North Omaha. They talked about marijuana laws that disproportionately affect Black Americans and minorities in the country, and especially in Nebraska.
Maddock said decriminalizing marijuana would lift criminal penalties against smoking, possession and, in some cases, distribution. In her opinion, jail time is not required for the offense.
“You wouldn’t have been fined at all; They would receive a civil sanction … instead of spending taxpayers’ money sending people to jails and jails for a nonviolent crime like marijuana, “Maddock said.
Senator McKinney spoke about what the decriminalization of marijuana would look like in the state. He said in his eyes, “We should start over,” and individuals should be cleared of marijuana charges.
“I think not starting over is ignoring a large part of the reasons a lot of people are arguing for it to be legalized,” McKinney said.
Senator McKinney submitted a bill to Nebraska lawmakers last January called the Marijuana Clean Slate Act. If passed, the law would decriminalize marijuana in the state. Check out this week’s table talk on Inclusive Communities Youtube.