Senator Elizabeth Warren has previously been endorsed by NORML for reelection to the US Senate and supports marijuana legalization, the expungement of criminal records, and investment in the emerging industry.
You can read her plan here: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/cannabis
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S.1152 - SAFE Banking Act (2017-18)
S. 1764 CARERS Act of 2017 (2017-18)
S 1726 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S 683 - CARERS Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S.1689 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
S.3174 - Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act (2017-2018)
"States like Massachusetts have put a lot of work into implementing common sense marijuana regulations," said Warren. "This reckless action by the DOJ disrupts the ability of states to enforce their own drug policies and puts our public health and safety at risk. Congress needs to take immediate action to protect state marijuana laws and the patients that rely on them."
Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said there are benefits to letting marijuana-based businesses move away from a cash-only model.
"You make sure that people are really paying their taxes. You know that the money is not being diverted to some kind of criminal enterprise," Warren said recently. "And it's just a plain old safety issue. You don't want people walking in with guns and masks and saying, `Give me all your cash."'
Warren first said she supports medical marijuana in Fall 2012, shortly after her father died of cancer.
"If there's something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who's suffering, I'm in favor of that," she told Boston's WTKK-FM. "It should be like any other prescription drug. That there's careful control over it."
In September 2015, Warren said "I'm open to it," when asked about a legalization initiative that may appear on her home state of Massachusetts's ballot next year...on Wednesday, Warren told the Boston Globe that "we've learned more. A couple of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Frankly, I think we ought to be learning what we can from those states."
"A kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot and goes to jail, but a big bank launders drug money and no one gets arrested," she said at the liberal Netroots Nation conference last year. "The game is rigged!"
In Wednesday's interview, Warren criticized the way scientific inquiry on marijuana has been stymied and stigmatized. "It's just kind of a crazy thing, this country, for so long has done this like, �Marijuana, you know, no!' We can't even do scientific research around it. And so I've been pushing to say we ought to explore it and see what the consequences of marijuana use are.
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