Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a plan to legalize cannabis and expunge convictions for marijuana offenses on Thursday, releasing a blueprint of his plan at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon.
Sanders said in a statement about the plan that it is time for the nation to take a new approach to drug policy.
“We’re going to legalize marijuana and end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” said Sanders. “It has disproportionately targeted people of color and ruined the lives of millions of Americans.”
Severe drug laws with mandatory sentencing requirements have “disproportionately targeted people of color and ruined the lives of millions of Americans,” Sanders said. “When we’re in the White House, we’re going to end the greed and corruption of the big corporations and make sure that Americans hit hardest by the war on drugs will be the first to benefit from legalization.”
A federal clemency board, similar to one established in California, would be created to address past marijuana convictions. The new body would instruct federal and local authorities to conduct of review of applicable cases and decide if a new sentence or vacated conviction is warranted. Prosecutors would be allowed up to one