Beto O’Rourke releases program to legalize marijuana


Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Thursday released a program to legalize marijuana at the federal level that involves a proposal to dole out month-to-month grants to individuals formerly incarcerated for marijuana-connected offenses.

“We have 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 program or locked out of chance due to the fact of the War on Drugs,” mentioned 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 program 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 market, 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 individuals.

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.


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