On April 29, Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project spoke with America’s Work Force to discuss the possible legalization of medical marijuana and benefits that would come with it.
Hawkins began by talking about how he believes that many Democratic presidential candidates will be using the legalization of medical marijuana as one of their main talking points during their campaigns since there has been an increase in people who back the idea of legalization. Also, the possibility of criminal justice reform may go along with the legalization of marijuana and to have sentence reductions for those who have been imprisoned for possession and then offer re-entry programs to help them get their lives back on track. Hawkins talked about the benefits of medical marijuana and how it helps with a lot of the same things that opioids are used for, but without getting addicted, or succumb to addiction to other forms of painkillers. Furthermore, Hawkins talked about the benefits of legalization, such as tax revenue to help repair infrastructure and other necessities around the city, and the creation of more jobs.
Charlotte Tate, campaign associate with International Labor Rights spoke with AWF on April 29 about forced labor in Uzbekistan. Tate talked about how Uzbekistan is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world and how all Uzbekis, men, women and children, are forced to pick cotton, while receiving little to no compensation for it. Tate said that had anyone refused to pick cotton, they could be arrested, and charged with sabotage and potentially serve jail time. Not only are Uzbekis forced to pick cotton, or face incarceration, but they are required to prioritize it higher than their actual job. Tate also talked about companies refusal to do business with another company who does not respect human rights and promotes forced labor in order to combat what is going on in Uzbekistan.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the negative effects that Wall Street has on businesses and Joe Biden’s economist agenda.