Candidates on Cannabis: Elizabeth Warren
by Dan Larkin.
“Candidates on Cannabis: Elizabeth Warren” is another in our series of reviews of 2020 presidential candidates’ stances on cannabis legalization.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), from Massachusetts, has served her state in that capacity since 2013. She was a law professor before entering the political arena. She’s taught law at Harvard University, Rutgers, and other universities. Banking law is her area of expertise.
Sen. Warren was born on June 22, 1949. That means she would be 71 at the time of the 2020 US Presidential election.
Warren’s cannabis record.
Warren’s record on cannabis is pretty clear. For example, she introduced the STATES Act of 2019. That bill would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
Sen. Warren is also a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act. That’s the bill that would legalize cannabis on the federal level. It would also expunge the records of anyone who’s been charged with a crime for using or possessing it.
“It makes no darn sense that we treat marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, which means in effect the federal government has determined that it has no medicinal use. That it can’t have any good effects, no research is supposed to be done.Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), MA.
What else has Warren done?
Well, Sen. Warren is also a co-sponsor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. Right now, banks are unable to accept money from the cannabis industry because of federal laws.
She’s addressed the social injustice aspect of current cannabis laws too.
“[Then there’s the] racial impact of the enforcement of marijuana laws. The best evidence suggests that African-Americans and whites use marijuana at about the same rates, and yet African-Americans are far more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than whites are. “Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), MA
Sen. Warren also wants the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore the use of medical cannabis as an alternative to the powerful opioid painkillers that kill thousands of people each year.
Candidates on Cannabis: Elizabeth Warren-Conclusion
When you add up all of Sen. Warren’s positions on cannabis, it’s pretty clear. She is a candidate who is a strong supporter. I think her experience as a law professor who specialized in banking law can’t hurt either.
So, at the end of the day, if you want cannabis legalized and arrest records wiped out, you have to put Elizabeth Warren on your list of possible candidates to support. But, we want to hear from you. What do you think?
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