Beto O’Rourke’s plan to legalize marijuana includes clemency

Democratic presidential candidate former Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks to the media after the debate in Houston on September 12. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

The former El Paso congressman also would push for a federal tax on the pot industry and put the revenue toward a “Drug War Justice Grant” for those formerly incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana offenses.

The Drug War Justice Grant, meanwhile, would be distributed monthly to those previously locked up in state and federal prison for nonviolent pot offenses. Recipients would receive the grant “for a period based on time served,” according to O’Rourke’s plan.

The proposal also lays out a regulatory structure for marijuana like the one for alcohol, saying, for example, that the sale of pot would be limited to adults who can show ID. Another part of the platform emphasizes the need for victims of the drug war — disproportionately low-income people of color — to share in the growth of the new pot economy by waiving licensing fees for them, among other things

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