If the field of democrats running for President wasn’t wide enough, we now have failed Texas senate candidate Beto O’Rourke throwing his name in the hat.
Beto O’Rourke called for federally legalizing marijuana Thursday morning shortly after formally announcing his plans to seek the presidency in 2020.
“We should end the federal prohibition on marijuana,” Mr. O’Rourke said at an event in Keokuk, Iowa. “We can free ourselves from the distinction of being the country that imprisons more of its fellow citizens than any other country on the face of the planet, and guess what? By and large, they do not look like this room. They are browner and blacker than most of America.”
“Though people in this country use illegal drugs at the same rate no matter where they are, only some face arrest, faced imprisonment, and when they get out, forced to check a box that says they have a conviction, which diminishes their opportunities in life, to hold a job, to raise a family, to get a student loan, to be successful,” Mr. O’Rourke said at The Lost Canvas coffee shop. “For all those reasons, let’s end the prohibition on marijuana. “
A former member of Congress who unsuccessfully campaigned in 2018 against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, Mr. O’Rourke formally announced his plans to pursue the Democratic Party’s nomination.
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