Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Tout Marijuana Legalization Victories As They Push Biden On Progressive Issues

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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are making the case that the sweeping victories for marijuana legalization ballot measures on Election Day help demonstrate a desire for broad progressive reform that should be pursued under a Biden administration. In separate op-eds published in USA Today and The Washington Post, respectively, the senators and former presidential primary rivals reflected on various election outcomes across states last week and discussed their policy visions for moving forward. Both cited the fact that cannabis legalization passed in multiple states, a result that they say lawmakers should take into consideration as they craft their agenda. “All over America, voters approved progressive policies to improve the lives of millions of people,” Sanders wrote. “Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota voted to move away from the ‘war on drugs’ and approved legalizing marijuana.” The American people want a government that works for all, not just the few. That’s the right thing to do, that’s the moral thing to do and, for the Democratic Party, that is the way to win elections.https://t.co/Kr7pAvUa31 — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 12, 2020 The senator argued that centrist Democrats who claim that the party lost House seats and underwhelmed in Senate races because of progressive members pushing for bold reforms are misunderstanding what voters want. An early warning sign of that misunderstanding could be that several centrists who ended up losing their seats persuaded House leadership in September to delay a floor vote on a marijuana legalization bill, citing concerns about the optics of advancing cannabis reform being approving additional coronavirus relief legislation “The lesson is not to abandon popular policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, living wage jobs, criminal justice reform and universal child care, but to enact an agenda that speaks to…

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