Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major Democrat to announce that they were exploring running for president in 2020. Many people have since discussed whether or not Warren would be a good candidate for the Democrats in 2020. But not many people have talked about her stance on marijuana.
So here are five times Warren has supported marijuana legalization:
1. STATES Act
The biggest thing Warren has done for marijuana is helping co-write the STATES Act with Republican Senator Cory Gardner. The STATES Act would prevent the federal government form interfering with states that legalize marijuana. The bill was a response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions repealing the Cole Memo, a Department of Justice policy that did the same thing. However Republicans in the Senate have not allowed a vote on the bill.
2. CARERS Act
Warren was also a supporter of the CARERS Act, a bill that would prevent prosecution by the federal government of medical marijuana patients, doctors and businesses. Like the STATES Act, the CARERS Act also never became law.
3. Descheduling Marijuana
Warren has also consistently supported efforts to deschedule marijuana during her time in the Senate. She signed a bill introduced by Chuck Schumer last year that would deschedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, essentially decriminalizing it. And she’s on many occasions said marijuana should be descheduled to increase research and reduce the number of people arrested for it.
4. Marijuana Justice Act
In 2017 New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, that would also remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances list, and would also expunge criminal records for people arrested for marijuana. Warren has signed onto and supported the bill, which is somewhat ironic since Booker is seen as another likely 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate.
Perhaps this should be called a time Warren half-supported marijuana legalization. When Massachusetts voted on a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, Warren said she was “open to the possibility of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts.” Not exactly the best endorsement. Warren said she did personally vote for the initiative though.