Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Monday supported bid for the federal legalization of marijuana as he weighs his potential presidential bid in 2020.
As per CNN, O’Rourke, in an email to his supporters backed the repeal of the federal criminalization of marijuana. In addition, he called for the journal of those prisoned over the drug’s possession to be released.
O’Rourke proposed a blueprint of federal marijuana laws as a part of his broader strategy of criminal justice reform proposals, CNN reported. His other plans showcased support for criminals to apply for loans, and eliminating the box on job applications forms, which requires the job applicants to mandatorily disclose their criminal history.
“Giving low-level offenders a second chance no matter the color of their skin or the economic status they hold can create opportunity for all of us,” O’Rourke said in the email. “It will help build a future that is more just, more fair, and more prosperous for every single person in this state and this country.”
The CNN reported that the Democrat has supported the legalization of drug since his time on the El Paso City Council. He recently lost the bid to win possession in Texas when Sen. Ted Cruz won in November midterm elections. However, it is believed that O’Rourke is close to announce his presidential run for 2020.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president, introduced a bill last week that would legalize marijuana across the country.
Known as the Marijuana Justice Act, the bill would expel marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances. The drug until now is categorized in Schedule I, same category, which also has heroin and LSD up its sleeve.
Until now, 10 states as well as Washington DC, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while several others states have allowed using the substance for its medicinal advantages.
US’ neighboring country, Canada, legalized the substance last year and became the first major world economy to do so.