Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled a plan on Wednesday that might legalize leisure and medical marijuana, expunge all nonviolent marijuana convictions and “faucet into the medical and financial alternative” of the drug.
“Basically, whether or not adults use marijuana is a matter of privateness, and we must always deal with marijuana as a serious financial alternative and income supply,” Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, wrote in a Medium put up.
Gillibrand has voiced assist for authorized marijuana previously, saying in February 2018 that she would co-sponsor a invoice with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to legalize the drug nationwide in an effort to assist minority communities disproportionately affected by its criminalization.
However her new plan goes additional.
Leisure marijuana could be taxed, with proceeds going to “restore the harm carried out by the Battle on Medicine,” she mentioned. Medical insurance suppliers, together with Medicaid, Medicare and the VA, could be required to cowl medical marijuana, and tax income could be directed towards analysis. Further assist, within the type of “entry to capital and technical help,” could be given to demographic teams hit hardest by marijuana criminalization. [Read more at Huffington Post]