Senator Elizabeth Warren has unveiled her plan for cannabis regulation, should she become the 46th President of the United States.
The senator’s plan, titled “A Just and Equitable Cannabis Industry,”suggests it’s motivation as systemic healing of damage from the Drug War based on what has been effective in state cannabis programs.
The presidential hopeful notes that legalization is about more than just permitting legal use and raking in the tax dollars. “It’s about undoing a century of racist policy that disproportionately targeted Black and Latino communities. It’s about rebuilding the communities that have suffered the most harm. And it’s about ensuring that everyone has access to the opportunities that the new cannabis market provides.”
Warren’s actual plan is somewhat light on details, saying she will “work with Congress to legalize marijuana.” And, if that doesn’t work, she’ll try to accomplish it through executive action. Stuff that just about anybody who wanted to legalize would do.
It also lays out some more thoughtful plans which both mirror and expand upon strategies in weed-legal states. Warren says she would expunge past convictions, protect immigrants working in legal cannabis jobs, fund greater medical marijuana research, and fight for access to MMJ for veterans.
If pro-weed is your main worry for the upcoming election, you could do a lot worse than backing Warren as your horse. Her cannabis record as a Senator is fairly strong, with High Timesnoting that she co-sponsored Kamala Harris’ Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which passed the committee stage in congress last month.
She also co-sponsored Senator Cory Gardner’s bill to protect 420-friendly states from federal interference and in 2016 pushed the CDC to look into cannabis as a possible alternative to opioid pain treatment.
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