Courthouse News reports:
Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday proposed nationwide legalization of marijuana, to “end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” that he said “disproportionately targeted people of color and ruined the lives of millions of Americans.”
“We’re going to legalize marijuana and end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” Sanders said in a statement, promising to use executive action to get the process started, if he is elected. Black Americans are more than four times more likely than whites to be arrested on marijuana charges even though all races use the drug at similar rates, he said.
He said he’d create a $10 billion U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program for growing marijuana in urban and rural areas, “ensuring that the people victimized by criminalization see the direct benefits.” He said he would expunge marijuana-related criminal convictions as well.