Tulsi Gabbard Says Her Weed Bill is a Smoker
She's got the best weed ... bill that is. That's according to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). The 2020 hopeful introduced two marijuana bills last week with Congressman Don Young (R-AK) aimed at legalizing the sticky icky. "Our archaic marijuana policies– based on stigma and outdated myths–have been used to wage a failed War on Drugs,” Gabbard said. “Families have been torn apart, communities left fractured, and over-criminalization and mass incarceration have become the norm." In 2017 alone, nearly 600,000 people were arrested just for possession of marijuana. And those arrests cost taxpayers billions of dollars, even as the vast majority of Americans support legalization of the drug. Gabbard's bipartisan legislation takes a step toward ending the failed War on Drugs and federal prohibition. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances list and allow states the freedom to regulate marijuana as they choose, without federal interference. And the Marijuana Data Collection Act would study the effects of state legalized medicinal and non-medicinal marijuana programs from a variety of perspectives, including state revenues, public health, substance abuse and opioids, criminal justice, and employment. The Marijuana Justice Act -- introduced by fellow 2020 hopeful Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) -- would go one step further by incentivizing states to loosen their marijuana laws with federal funds. It would also expunge previous marijuana-related federal convictions and establish a fund to invest in communities affected by mass incarceration due to marijuana-related arrests. Marijuana possession remains one of the single largest arrest categories in the nation and accounts for more than 5% of all arrests. More here.