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How Elizabeth Warren would legalize marijuana and fight ‘Big Tobacco’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she would reduce federal funding to states that refuse to legalize marijuana and prevent “Big Tobacco“ from dominating the burgeoning industry in her wide-ranging plan to overhaul the country’s drug laws, which she announced Sunday in Denver.

Warren‘s plan is not as detailed and aggressive as the blueprint outlined by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, who eviscerated the field in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. But she’s vowing to fill her administration with legalization supporters, immediately begin making dramatic changes to federal drug policies and protect state-legal marijuana markets.

Warren has long been supportive of legalization, but her campaign has offered few specifics on how she would accomplish that goal up until this point. However, she has been a prolific co-sponsor of cannabis bills on Capitol Hill. She is a lead sponsor of the STATES Act, which would provide more protections for states with recreational or medical marijuana markets, and a cosponsor of the MORE Act and the Marijuana Justice Act, both of which would remove marijuana from the list of banned substances under federal law. She also is lead sponsor of a bill to protect veterans who legally work in the marijuana industry. [Read more at Politico]

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