You can follow the work of the United Black Legislative Caucus on our Facebook page, and you can watch the announcement of our priorities here.
Effective Substance Abuse Treatment
This week, I successfully advanced my first bill through committee that would provide a 5 percent rate increase for substance use disorder treatment services provided by culturally responsive programs. Minnesotans from all walks of life struggle with substance abuse, and while seeking treatment can be a difficult step, it’s made all the easier when that help is coming from someone that understands an individual’s background.
Effective treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and this legislation would better ensure those who are struggling are able to get the help that’s right for them. To be eligible for the rate increase, programs serving special populations must be designed to address the unique needs of individuals who share a common language, racial, ethnic, or social background. You can watch that bill hearing here.
Legalizing Cannabis for Adult-Use
Legislation I’m co-authoring was recently introduced that would legalize, expunge, and regulate adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. It’s long past time that our state passes smart, responsible cannabis legislation that rectifies the disproportionate impacts our current laws have on communities of color.