Legalization: The Justice Side of the Debate Comes to Paterson!

Sisters and Brothers in the struggle

According to all political leaders in the state, marijuana legalization is on the upcoming legislative agenda in New Jersey. At this point, it is not a question of whether marijuana will be legalized, but a question of when and more importantly, how.


Until recently, marijuana legalization laws have inadequately addressed the lasting impacts of decades of harsh marijuana prohibition and punishment, particularly on communities of color. This is illustrated by the lack of diversity in the currently regulated marijuana markets, persistent racial disparities in enforcement of marijuana laws and the absence of meaningful reparations to those communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition.

New Jersey must learn from other states as it legalizes marijuana and must ensure that legalization is fair and equitable.  Please join us on this Monday, June 18th to learn more about marijuana legalization in New Jersey and how to ensure that legalization legislation provides a level playing field and addresses past harms to the communities most impacted by marijuana prohibition.


This conversation, sponsored by First Bethel AME and the Drug Policy Alliance, will take place at First Bethel AME Church located at 2 Auburn Street in Paterson from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Where the Rev. Allan Boyer is the Pastor. 


For more details, please see the flyer below.

The event is free, but space is limited, so please register now.  Please help us spread the word about this important event by forwarding this email and sharing on Facebook andTwitter.  I look forward to seeing you there!




Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer

Salvation and Social Justice
Reconnecting Clergy to Civil Rights


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