Savanna Redden
Marijuana Legalization

Savanna is committed to the federal legalization of marijuana.

 

Almost two-thirds of states have legalized cannabis, medical or recreational. 68% of bipartisan Americans – the highest percentage ever recorded – also support legalization.

 

The House has introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana and expunge nonviolent marijuana-related convictions. We now have a responsibility to not only pass and build on that bill, but to also address the damage that's been caused.

The “war on drugs” has spent decades enforcing drug policies that led to the imprisonment of millions of Americans – disproportionately people of color – without reducing drug use. Extensive federal framework must be laid out to redress the racial disparities that have been exacerbated by our criminal justice system and the war on drugs. Rehabilitation programs are a necessity for those coming out of prison to have a fighting chance to reintegrate into society, find a job, and restart their lives.

 

Over the last 30 years we, especially Ohio, have witnessed a chronic problem with opioid addiction. For decades, pharmaceutical companies pushed opioids at patients for everything from small pains, to deadly diseases, and everything in between, continuing to line their pockets while people became addicted or died. Although Big Pharma has faced more accountability and has pulled back access to these drugs, people continue to suffer from addictions and pain without adequate treatment.

 

Savanna is committed to providing people with an alternative that is accessible, affordable, and safe, and and that means federally legalizing marijuana.

  • Federally legalize marijuana
     

  • Expunge the criminal records for those involved in non-violent marijuana crimes
     

  • Create programs that help rehabilitate those coming out of prison so that they can reintegrate into our society successfully
     

  • Use the tax revenues to reinvest in our communities, especially areas with people of color that have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs
     

  • Use the tax revenues to invest in marijuana research that has been previously illegal due to its schedule 1 status, including research for autism and how to properly test for DUIs
     

  • Encourage replacing addictive opioids and other drugs for marijuana, especially for those battling deadly diseases, PTSD, or pain in general where opioids would have normally been prescribed
     

  • Enable dispensaries and marijuana sellers to conduct business with banks, and help them grow their economies of scale to make cannabis more affordable to Ohioans
     

  • Work to decriminalize ALL drugs so that people can access rehabilitation without fear of retribution

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About Savanna's Platform

"I am fighting for every American to have access to affordable, quality health care; to advance criminal justice reform; to demand equality for LGBTQ+ and Black communities; to support our aging population; to lower taxes for working families and small businesses; to raise taxes on the ultra-rich and large corporations; to accelerate pathways to citizenship for immigrants; to address our climate crisis; to bring new jobs and industries to the economy; to make affordable housing a right; to provide higher education to all; to give the public a louder voice than special interests."

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