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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) released a fundraising email that called to legalize marijuana nationwide on Saturday, which coincided with April 20, a popular date in cannabis culture.
In an email to supporters, Gabbard wrote that it “appalls” her that more than half a million Americans were arrested for possession of marijuana in 2017.
The article goes on to state the following:
“It appalls me that marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug, alongside heroin, and that our country arrested 600,000 people just for possession in 2017 alone. Meanwhile, Big Pharma gets off scot free for pushing highly addictive opioids on to patients who don’t need them,” Gabbard wrote in the email.
“Justice means expunging the records of those with marijuana possession charges and fully prosecuting Big Pharma for fueling an opioid epidemic that has killed thousands,” she continued.
Legalizing marijuana is a basic question of fairness & freedom for the American people. We must legalize marijuana, expunge the records of those w/ marijuana possession charges/convictions & hold Big Pharma accountable for the opioid epidemic that has killed thousands #420
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 20, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) April 20, 2019
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