The Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, has unveiled her plan to legalize cannabis. Generally, she intends to implement within the first 100 days of her presidency. Through a “removal of cannabis from federally controlled products”. Besides the mobilization of state agencies (DEA, FDA, and ONDCP) to regulate cannabis outside the power of Congress if Congress does not act on the possible reform.
The plan, called “A Fair and Equitable Cannabis Industry” includes:
- amnesty for past convictions
- access to medical cannabis for veterans
- funding for cannabis research
- allowing Washington DC to implement a tax- and regulation-based market approved by voters in 2014
- allows tribals to set their policies on cannabis
- protects immigrants working in industries and supports other nations that choose to legalize the plant.
Warren unveiled his plan ahead of a campaign stop in Colorado. In fact , We aimed at “undoing a century of racist policies that disproportionately targeted black and Latino communities.
In justifying his plan, Warren pointed to Colorado’s successes, including a billion dollars in taxes from the industry and a reduction in opioid-related deaths since the launch of legal sales in the state.
For Bernie Sanders, considered one of the most progressive Democratic candidates along with Warren, he said he legalized cannabis by executive order on the first day of his term. Bernie Sanders has been advocating the legalization of cannabis for years. In 2015 for example , Sanders sponsored the first Senate bill to end the federal ban on cannabis.
Bernie Sanders also promised to eliminate the old cannabis possession offenses and that his reform would include elements of social equity.
We will ensure that the legal cannabis industry not under the control of a handful of corporations. But that those people – the African American community, the Latin American community, the Native American community. The people who have suffered most will get help to make money from a legalized marijuana industry.
When Bernie Sanders advocated for federal legalization during his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, his ideas were still considered by many to be extreme. Now, all major candidates for the 2020 presidential election, except Joe Biden, support legalization.