Elizabeth Warren releases marijuana plan

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(WEHT)- Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan for marijuana legalization Sunday just ahead of the South Carolina primary Saturday and the March 3rd Super Tuesday primaries.

The plan includes legalizing cannabis nationwide, expunging past marijuana convictions, and giving the cannabis industry to the banking system. 11 states, including Illinois, have legalized recreational marijuana while 22 more states offer medical marijuana.

15 states have decriminalized marijuana possession, meaning carrying small amounts of marijuana does not lead to jail time. A Pew Research poll released last November showed 67 percent of respondents support marijuana legalization.

The news comes after Saturday’s Nevada caucus, where Warren is in fourth place with roughly 60 percent of the results in. While the drug is still illegal federally, most of the current Democratic candidates agree that marijuana should be legalized in some form.

Only former Vice President, Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg say they believe the states should decide.

The Kentucky legislature is currently debating a bill that passed the House last week and would legalize medical marijuana. Illinois started legal marijuana sales on Jan. 1.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 23, 2020)

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