REPORT: Beto O’Rourke calls for legalizing marijuana following announcement


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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Thursday called for ending the “federal prohibition on marijuana” because of the way US drug laws disproportionately put minorities in prison. O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat who announced earlier Thursday that he was entering the race, said people across the country use drugs at the same rate.

“We can free ourselves from the distinction of being the country that imprisons more of its citizens than any other country on the face of the planet,” he told a group of diners at a restaurant in Keokuk, Iowa. “And guess what: by and large they do not look like this room. They are browner and blacker than most of America. Only some face arrest, faced imprisonment, and when they get out forced to check a box that says they have a conviction which diminishes their opportunities in life to hold a job, to raise a family to get a loan, to be successful.”

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  1. Ken G March 14th, 2019 at 11:17 am

    So this is the first thing he talks about after announcing he’s running for President!Just say NO!


  2. Peggy Durante March 14th, 2019 at 11:20 am

    So many other REAL issues and he chooses this as his Number 1 priority❓❓❓. 🤦‍♀️


  3. B March 14th, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Absolutely wrong. This is a dangerous drug. It was only supposed to be be approved for medical use. What is wrong with people? We already want no cigarette smoking, but now they think nothing about 2nd hand marijuana smoke and the affect it has on people.


  4. Robert March 14th, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    It will get him lots of votes.


  5. SHIRLEY BLANCHARD March 14th, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    “Beto O’Rourke on Thursday called for ending the “federal prohibition on marijuana” because of the way US drug laws disproportionately put minorities in prison.”

    So, the drug laws and law enforcement are to blame for minorities getting caught breaking the law? How ridiculous does that sound? You’re just pandering and disregarding the health issues(lung cancer)/children inhaling second hand smoke and the dangers of advancement to hardcore drugs.


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