Marijuana continues to be a catalyst this election season as well, especially for the democrats. After Bernie Sanders, it’s Senator Elizabeth Warren who has mentioned marijuana legalization in her presidential promise along with the promise of fighting the ‘Big Tobacco’.
Sen. Warren announced on Sunday that she would reduce the federal funding to states that don’t legalize marijuana. She also stressed on preventing the ‘Big Tobacco’ from dominating the marijuana industry by overhauling the existing laws.
Although Sen. Warren has not shared as detailed a plan as the Blueprint of Bernie Sanders, the face of the democratic party presidential nomination, she has always been a commendable co-sponsor of cannabis bills on Capitol Hill. She is also the main sponsor of the STATES Act, co-sponsor of the MORE Act and Marijuana Justice Act, both of which target on eliminating marijuana from the list of prohibited substances under federal law. She is also the primary sponsor of a bill that protects the veterans working legally in the marijuana industry.
Sen. Warren’s stand on marijuana is quite evident from her active participation in support of marijuana. Along with her proposition of scraping off marijuana from the list of banned substances, she also intends to nullify the federal convictions related to cannabis. She plans on giving the convicts a chance to work in the marijuana industry legally.
Sen. Warren’s Anti-capitalists Plan for The Industry
Like any democrat would have, Senator Warren also has plans to add more regulations “to preserve market access and competition.” She has made her feelings clear for the ‘big tobacco’, and if she gets elected, she will definitely prevent the capitalist tobacco companies from profiting in the marijuana industry.
Just like in her home state, Massachusetts where no company is allowed to own more than three licensed cannabis businesses, there might be laws that would stop the individual aspirations of marijuana enthusiasts who happen to be a successful corporation.
Although Warren may not ‘force’ the states per se to legalize marijuana, her plan to reduce the federal funding for law enforcement in such states could make the desired effect. The end result that Warren is determined to see is to abolish the racial inequities in arrests related to marijuana in the country. The states with no future plan to legalize marijuana sales may have to put some serious thought in doing so if Warren gets elected.
As opposed to Sanders, who claimed to legalize marijuana on the very first day of his office, Warren has made no such claims. But she did give her affirmation on reinstating the Cole Memo. The Cole Memo prevented the Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on state-legal cannabis markets.
In all, Warren is in favor of marijuana legalization and could be an excellent pick for democrats and marijuana lovers who wish to see cannabis lose its tag of ‘illegal’ as soon as possible.
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