Senator Wyden is a longtime proponent for the legalization of marijuana and is outspoken in his opinion. He frequently cites his admiration of Canada's policy regarding marijuana and believes the United States should follow their lead.
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(10/17/18) “Canada has recognized what Oregonians already understand: cannabis prohibition is a failed policy that wastes resources and destroys lives.
Here in the United States, more and more states are following the lead of Oregonians and legalizing cannabis. Americans across the country, and across party lines, support ending this misguided federal prohibition. Their support has never been stronger and is still growing. Despite this progress, the federal government has yet to provide the reforms we so desperately need. It’s time that changed. Congress should seize the moment, do the right thing, and end the federal prohibition on marijuana once and for all by responsibly regulating and taxing cannabis like any other legal substance.
Now that our neighbor to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for Oregon and other states across the country.”
He cited "the problems faced by marijuana businesses, medical marijuana researchers, people legally consuming marijuana. With our bill, people won't be committing federal crimes if they follow state marijuana laws."
Wyden said people of color around the U.S. are convicted for marijuana crimes that millions of other Americans also commit without facing the same consequences. "It's just wrong, wrong, wrong."
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