Friday, August 28, 2020. New York City – Most people in the United States of America support the legalization of cannabis.
President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are against the legalization of marijuana.
Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins and Green Party vice presidential candidate Angela Walker support the legalization of Marijuana.
If you supported Bernie Sanders for president, then Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker are the option for you.
If you support the legalization of marijuana, then on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, vote for Howie Hawkins for president (and Angela Walker for vice president).
Legalize Marijuana Now.
Howie Hawkins says on HowieHawkins.us, “President Trump has continued the drug war policies of previous administrations. He is now using bogus narco-trafficking charges against President Maduro of Venezuela as part of his effort to replace that government with a US-friendly government.
Senator Bernie Sanders pledged to legalize cannabis by executive order within his first 100 days in office (Bernie is not running for president anymore). Former Vice President Biden opposes legal marijuana and has a long history of being a leading drug warrior in the United States.
As chair of the Judiciary Committee, Biden put in place laws that have resulted in mass incarceration, especially of people of color, as well as a multi-billion dollar drug war bureaucracy that fuels mass arrests.
In a town hall meeting last November he showed how out of touch he is with reality when he claimed regarding marijuana “there has not been nearly enough evidence acquired as to whether or not it’s a gateway drug.” In reality, the gateway theory has been a long disproven theory.
During the 1980s Biden was either the ranking member or chairman of the Judiciary Committee when Congress passed extreme laws escalating the drug war, including crime control acts in 1984 and 1986 that put in place mandatory sentencing. The 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which he sponsored, included a 100 to 1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine that led to a massive increase in the incarceration of Black people, with as little as 5 grams of cocaine leading to a mandatory five years in prison.
Biden was the sponsor of the RAVE Act, a broadly worded law used to criminalize dance parties that could lead to 20 years in prison for the promoter if a few people at the event had MDMA or glow sticks were used at the event.
Biden also led the effort to create the unnecessary drug czar position and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which became a source of propaganda to promote harsher drug laws. The law specifically said the office could not promote drug legalization.
He continued to add to mass incarceration by leading the effort for the 1994 crime law that included mandatory life sentences for repeat offenders, capital punishment for some drug crimes, and increased funding for prisons by nearly $10 billion.
Biden bears major responsibility for why the United States with only 5 percent of the world’s population has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.
It is time to legalize marijuana and end the war on drugs. Drug abuse should be treated as a health problem, not a criminal problem. Police are not equipped to handle health issues or addiction. We need to put health officials in charge of drug policy and allow adults to grow, consume, and legally purchase marijuana.”
End the War on Drugs Now!
The Green Party US says on GP.org, “End the “war on drugs.” Redirect funds presently budgeted for the “war on drugs” toward expanded research, education, counseling and treatment.
Amend the Controlled Substances Act to reflect that drug use in itself is not a crime, and that persons living in the United States arrested for using drugs should not be incarcerated with those who have committed victim oriented crimes.
Legalize possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis/marijuana.
Strike from the record prior felony convictions for marijuana possession, sale, or cultivation.
Grant amnesty and release from confinement without any further parole or probation, those who have been incarcerated for the use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana in federal and state prisons and in county/city jails, and who otherwise are without convictions for victim oriented crimes, or who do not require treatment for abuse of hard drugs. Provide the option for drug treatment to those leaving confinement.
Implement a step-by-step program to decriminalize all drugs in the United States.”
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Two-thirds of Americans support marijuana legalization.
pewresearch.org said on November 14, 2019, “Two-thirds of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who oppose legalization has fallen from 52% in 2010 to 32% today.
Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (91%) say marijuana should be legal either for medical and recreational use (59%) or that it should be legal just for medical use (32%). Fewer than one-in-ten (8%) prefer to keep marijuana illegal in all circumstances, according to the survey, conducted Sept. 3 to 15 on Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.”
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