Politicians Use 420 to Push Cannabis Legalization Agendas

rep-don-young-cannabisPhoto Credit: Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

While many marijuana enthusiasts may have spent yesterday toking up in celebration of the cannabis community’s official-unofficial holiday, several 420-friendly politicians used their platforms to call for legalization and other pro-pot policies.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), an outspoken supporter of cannabis who vowed to remove the plant from the Controlled Substance Act during his bid for the presidency earlier this year, continued to campaign for legalization and the expungement of low-level marijuana convictions.

“It makes no sense for young people to be denied jobs because they were arrested for smoking marijuana,” Sanders tweeted, alongside a video clip entitled “decriminalize weed now” to 9.5 million followers.

In a separate message from a second Twitter account with 11.8 million followers, Sanders wrote, “We have got to legalize marijuana, expunge past marijuana convictions and end the failed War on Drugs.”

Sanders wasn’t the only senator from the Northeast to recognize 420 with a call for decriminalization. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has 4.1 million followers on Twitter, said, “It’s long past time to legalize marijuana and create a cannabis industry that’s open to all -- and begin to repair the damage caused by our current criminal justice system.”

Warren also shared a link to her plan for creating a “Just and Equitable Cannabis Industry,” which calls for approving the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity (MORE) Act and “ensuring access to the banking system.”

Fellow Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey also tweeted to his more than 47,000 followers saying, “We must legalize marijuana and expunge all prior convictions."

He later tweeted that "Black and Brown communities have been unfairly criminalized by the War on Drugs." 

Several other current members of Congress chimed in yesterday, including California Sen. Kamala Harris who tweeted her support of the MORE Act at exactly 4:20 P.M.

A non-exhaustive list of pro-cannabis sentiments shared by politicans on 420 is below.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ):

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA):

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA):

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR):

Rep. Don Young (R-AK):

Former Colorado Governor and current Senate candidate John Hickenlooper (D-CO): 

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang: 

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