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Dozens of lawmakers and congressional candidates called for marijuana reform on 4/20, the unofficial holiday celebrating cannabis culture and consumption.
While major brands are marketing off the informal cannabis holiday, policymakers and office-seekers are drawing attention to the ongoing harms of prohibition and encouraging policy changes.
Here’s what they’re saying:
Members of Congress
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Ed Markey
We must legalize marijuana and expunge all prior convictions.
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) April 20, 2020
Representative Don Young
For too long, the federal government has stood in the way of states that have acted to set their own #cannabis policies. I’ve visited my state’s legal cannabis operations, and the fact is that these businesses contribute to our economy and create jobs for Alaskans. pic.twitter.com/cX8zvsxtZa
— Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) April 20, 2020
Representative Dwight Evans
Representative Ro Khanna
We must legalize marijuana.
We must expunge marijuana convictions.
We must reinvest in the communities of color disproportionately impacted by the failed War on Drugs.
This is a matter of justice.
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) April 20, 2020
Representative Donna Shalala
For years, states have been changing their cannabis laws without investing in a better understanding of the effects of cannabis on human health.
— Rep. Donna E. Shalala (@RepShalala) April 20, 2020
Current and former government officials
Former Representative Beto O’Rourke
Legalize marijuana. Free the people arrested for marijuana and expunge their records. Prioritize licenses to sell marijuana to those who disproportionately bore the brunt of the war on drugs (blacks have been arrested at 3x the rate of whites). https://t.co/Fb3BaI3siH
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 20, 2020
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Govenor John Fetterman
4 years ago my campaign released this video.
I was the only national candidate to call for marijuana’s full legalization; emphasizing the damage rooted in racism.
The case has never been more resonant than this #420day
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 20, 2020
Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
Alex Morse (Massachusetts)
Today, on #420day, I am urging Governor Baker to designate cannabis dispensaries as essential businesses. Allow for adult-use cannabis sales and protect public health. Limit sales to Massachusetts residents and allow adult-use stores to make curbside deliveries of their products.
— Alex Morse (@AlexBMorse) April 20, 2020
Betsy Sweet (Maine)
Lawrence Hamm (New Jersey)
Hector Oseguera (New Jersey)
On 4/20 remember that the most dangerous thing about cannabis is getting caught with it.
— Hector for Congress NJ08 (@Oseguera2020) April 20, 2020
State and local candidates
Andru Volinsky (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire is in the top third of states w/ the highest Black arrest rates for marijuana possession. We must legalize and expunge the records of all, including Black people, who are 4x more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people #nhpolitics #420day https://t.co/dE6NOYca5c
— Andru Volinsky (@AndruVolinsky) April 20, 2020