The lasting impacts of marijuana criminalization are felt not only by the individual involved, but also by their family and community. A criminal record can make it difficult to access higher education or find employment, setting many Texans on a path of recidivism and second-class citizenship.
Laws criminalizing marijuana also affect families with loved ones who could benefit from legal access for medicinal purposes. Many live in fear when they choose to use this medicine in spite of the law and others suffer knowing effective treatment is out of reach because of the law.
Our panelists will discuss these issues and more from their perspectives as community leaders.