Candidate in race for Governor (D) on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
H.R.1952 - Better Drive Act (2017-2018)
H.R.975 - Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.1227 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.1810 - Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.1820 - Veterans Equal Access Act (2017-2018)
H.R.1824 - Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.2215 - SAFE Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.2920 - CARERS Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.5520 - VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (2017-2018)
The War on Drugs, launched by the Nixon administration, has been a "tragic failure" according to O'Rourke. "Forty years in, marijuana is just as available today in the average Texas community as it was in the 1970s," he said. Marijuana has grown more potent and now is sold in middle schools as well as high schools.
"Ending the prohibition on marijuana, and not making it a state by state issue...federally ending the prohibition on marijuana is going to save lives, saves billions of dollars, and moves us from a country that imprisons more of its citizens than any country on the face of the planet," O'Rourke said.
"Our country has an incarceration rate higher than any other nation on the planet. This at a time when Jeff Sessions wants to double down on the failed war on drugs. Let's end it altogether."