Senate President Steve Sweeney addressed the state’s NAACP at the organizations annual conference Saturday, speaking mostly about policies moving their way through the legislature that aim to fix racial disparities in the state.
“The social justice implications are central to the conversation surrounding legalizing adult use marijuana,” Sweeney said. “This includes expungement and equal opportunities for minorities to participate in the business and the focus on the economic opportunities for ‘impact zones’ that have been hard hit by legal enforcement of marijuana in the past.”
In addition to legalized marijuana, which has yet to move forward in the legislature, Sweeney talked about a $15 minimum wage, the state’s bail reform and re-entry programs, among other topics.
“I have worked productively with Senator Sweeney on the issues of importance to us and we made real and lasting progress,” said NJ NAACP President Richard Smith. “There is more we want to accomplish and I fully expect to continue our working relationship.”