Bernie Sanders feels the burn to legalize weed

His plan includes $20-billion to set up a Minority Business Development Agency to provide grants to entrepreneurs of colour

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Bernie Sanders has a fresh new weed legalization plan. Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic party’s nomination for U.S. president, is calling for an immediate move to legislate federal legalization. If nothing else, he’s speaking the stoner language. Sanders released his plan at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday. 

“Four years ago, the establishment media and politicians told us legalizing marijuana was too radical,” the plan states. “Today, 11 states have legalized recreational marijuana and 33 states have legalized medical marijuana. It is time to admit the criminalization of marijuana was a disaster.” 

The plan, perhaps ambitiously, assumes that the country will take in over $50-billion in tax revenues. Almost half of that would be used to set up a “Minority Business Development Agency” to provide grants to entrepreneurs of colour “who continue to face discrimination in access to capital.”

Sanders has noted in the past that legalization in Canada has not led to anarchy.

“Vermont shares a border with Canada, and as far as I can tell, the sky has not fallen and cities have not plunged into anarchy,” the senator has said. 

But one key difference from the Canadian plan is that Sanders wants to “ensure legalized marijuana doesn’t turn into Big Tobacco.”

Read the plan here. 

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