Eight states across the country have passed some form of cannabis legalization since 2014, with the ACLU and Human Rights Watch recently recommending the complete removal of criminal sanctions for use and possession of drugs for personal use at both the federal and state levels. A footnote adds, “decriminalization would still leave room for civil and administrative sanctions such as monetary fines. There are strong arguments in favor of depenalization as well.” Depenalization would remove all civil penalties as well, thus being better from the standpoint of human freedom than decriminalization.
If elected I will introduce legislation to
1) remove all criminal penalties related to the possession and cultivation of cannabis;
2) authorize the retail sale of cannabis.