Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Calls For Marijuana Legalization And Expungements In New Plan
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro proposed a criminal justice plan pledging that if he is elected president he will legalize marijuana, expunge prior cannabis convictions and invest in communities disproportionately impacted by prohibition. The “First Chance Plan,” released on Wednesday, is designed to take a preventative approach to people entering the criminal justice system while also providing resources for those who’ve already been incarcerated. The 2020 Democratic candidate pointed to the war on drugs as an example of a policy that “became a siege against people who are poor, the most vulnerable individuals, and the most marginalized communities.” “Today more than 2 million people are incarcerated, and more than half a million folks are locked up for non-violent drug offenses, disproportionately young African American and Latino men,” he said. “The human costs are staggering: families torn apart, billions wasted in taxpayer dollars, and the lost potential of a generation.” My #FirstChance Plan:Justice for Communities of ColorEnd Police ViolenceLegalize Marijuana, Expunge Records Abolish the Death PenaltyFair Trials for AllHeal The Wounds of Mass Incarceration https://t.co/dvXzJekckt — Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 23, 2019 Castro said punitive federal drug laws, including the 1994 crime bill that another candidate, former Vice…
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