Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Thursday released a strategy to legalize marijuana at the federal level that involves a proposal to dole out month-to-month grants to folks formerly incarcerated for marijuana-connected offenses.
“We need to have to not only finish the prohibition on marijuana, but also repair the harm carried out to the communities of colour disproportionately locked up in our criminal justice method or locked out of chance for the reason that of the War on Drugs,” stated Mr. O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas.
Mr. O’Rourke would seek to finish the federal prohibition on marijuana and eliminate it from the controlled substances list. He would model a regulatory method along the lines of what’s utilized for alcohol, limiting sales to adults and investing in marijuana “breathalyzer” technologies and ignition interlock devices.
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He would impose a new federal tax on the marijuana sector, with the proceeds going toward a month-to-month “drug war justice grant” to these who had been imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana-connected offenses, substance abuse remedy applications, and re-entry solutions for formerly incarcerated folks.
He would also finish “cannabis-related” charges as grounds for deportation or denial of citizenship.
Mr. O’Rourke joins other 2020 Democratic presidential contenders who have laid out their personal marijuana legalization or decriminalization plans.