Politician Info
A Dean Phillips (D - MN)

Holds office U.S. House District 3

Candidate in race for U.S. House District 3

Position on Marijuana Legalization

Do you support legalization of the recreational use of marijuana?

Cannabis should be removed from the Federal list of Schedule I substances and its regulation, distribution and taxation should be left to the states. Thirty-one states already allow cannabis for medicinal purposes and an additional nine have legalized it for recreational use. I oppose the Administration’s change in policy that will allow the federal government to take action against these states.



Should people convicted of non-violent drug offenses be released from prison and their records expunged?

Violent criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Generally speaking, I believe drug abuse should be treated as a health issue and we should recognize the societal consequences of incarcerating hundreds of thousands of Americans for low-level, non-violent cannabis possession while an entire industry is now making billions from the same activity. Considering that incarceration costs over $30,000 per inmate annually, I believe our resources would be much better invested in education, treatment and prevention programs – saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and reducing the human and societal toll of ineffective and unfair policies.

Do you support changing the law to release non-violent drug offenders currently serving federal prison terms? 

With an estimated 2.3 million people currently behind bars, The United States imprisons more people than China, with a population over five times larger than ours. Of those in prison, an estimated 456,000 are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses and disproportionately affects young African American men. I believe it unjust to incarcerate low level drug users while individuals, industries, and states are making billions selling the very same narcotics. Considering that incarceration costs over $30,000 per inmate, I believe our resources would be better invested in education, treatment and prevention programs – which would save taxpayers hundreds on millions of dollars and reduce the human toll of unjust legislation.


2019: The SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595
2019: Blumenauer/McClintock/Norton Amendment to Protect Legalization

1305 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

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