Beto O'Rourke proposes 'drug war justice grants'

So you broke an existing law. You were convicted of breaking said law... Here's some money for your trouble!? 

 

At this point I'm pretty sure this fuck is trying to be the American 'Justin Trudeau'...

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/beto-orourke-proposes-drug-war-justice-grants-for-marijuana-offenders/ar-AAHwQbg?ocid=ientp

The proposed grants, part of O'Rourke's plan to legalize and regulate marijuana, would be funded by a federal tax on the industry.

The proposal comes as O'Rourke, an early champion of marijuana legalization, seeks to regain his footing in the Democratic presidential primary. Campaigning in California, he met with marijuana advocates in Los Angeles on Tuesday and planned to hold a similar meeting in Oakland on Thursday.

If elected, O'Rourke pledged to use clemency power to release people now serving sentences for marijuana possession, and he called for expunging the records of those convicted of possession.

He also proposed removing cannabis-related charges as a grounds for deporting people or denying them citizenship.

More than a dozen candidates in the Democratic Party's sprawling primary field support legalizing marijuana, reflecting a significant shift in party politics in recent years.

But the issue has long been a cause of O'Rourke's. As an El Paso councilman, he pressed in 2009 for a resolution encouraging the federal government to undertake an "open, honest, national dialogue on ending the prohibition of narcotics," arguing that legalizing marijuana could stop drug trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico border. He co-wrote a book, "Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico," in 2011.

In his proposal Thursday, O'Rourke's campaign said proposed "justice" grants would be funded entirely by a tax on the marijuana industry and would go to former state and federal inmates for a period based on time served.

O'Rourke's campaign said a federal tax on the industry would also fund treatment programs, re-entry services and programs in communities disproportionately affected by marijuana arrests. He also proposed tying federal criminal justice funding to a requirement that states and local governments waive licensing fees for marijuana-related businesses for low-income people who have been convicted of marijuana offenses.

"We need to not only end the prohibition on marijuana, but also repair the damage done to the communities of color disproportionately locked up in our criminal justice system or locked out of opportunity because of the War on Drugs," O'Rourke said in a prepared statement. "These inequalities have compounded for decades, as predominantly white communities have been given the vast majority of lucrative business opportunities, while communities of color still face over-policing and criminalization. It's our responsibility to begin to remedy the injustices of the past and help the people and communities most impacted by this misguided war."

O'Rourke's campaign said he would seek to regulate marijuana similarly to how alcohol is regulated, including limiting sales to adults and conducting advertising focused on deterring use by children and driving under the influence.

O'Rourke proposed limiting smoking of marijuana to "private residences and nonpublic spaces" and keeping marijuana-related businesses apart from "schools, daycares, churches and other incompatible land uses."

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How about grants to the ones that committed no law breaking?

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Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.

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I'm not totally against this.

turducken - 

Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.


100% this.

I have no problem with this. criminlizing drugs will be looked on by historians the same way slavery is looked at today....dont be on the wrong side of that argument...

 

Beto is still a douche, but a broken clock is right twice a day...just like Bernie with his anti interventionist foreign policy that should also be supported....

 

Jack Carter - 
turducken - 

Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.


100% this.




It can also be paid by the private prisons who have made fortunes off the drug war.


I agree the citizens have already paid enough. The failed attempt to police drug use has bankrupted cities all across the country. 

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I'm all in favor of decriminalization and releasing nonviolent marijuana offenders and nullifying and felonies that may have come from nonviolent offenses.

But payback? Nope. You knew it was a crime. That part is on you.

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He was an early champion of legalizing marijuana? Fucker was in the Texas state congress , not a national, and medical is still prohibited here.  He's a shitty champion 

turducken -

Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.

Why? Did they not break the law and be convicted? How far do you extend an ignorant idea like this?

GSpenn fan -
Jack Carter - 
turducken - 

Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.


100% this.




It can also be paid by the private prisons who have made fortunes off the drug war.


I agree the citizens have already paid enough. The failed attempt to police drug use has bankrupted cities all across the country. 



Add pharm companies that lobbied for keeping it a schedule 1 drug.

amadeus -
turducken -

Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.

Why? Did they not break the law and be convicted? How far do you extend an ignorant idea like this?


When a law is based on blatant lies and intentional misinformation, such as the classification of marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, the people in office who are responsible for that immoral behavior are the ones who should be punished. 


 


Yes I understand that in reality everyone cant decide which laws are worthy of obeying based on their subjective opinion, I'm just talking shit on the internet.

amadeus - 
turducken -

Beto is a scumbag, but people who have been imprisoned or otherwise had their lives ruined for purely marijuana possession charges do deserve to be paid back...only that fund should come from the bank accounts of every asshole politician who voted to make/keep it as a schedule 1 drug. We can start with hilary's account.

Why? Did they not break the law and be convicted? How far do you extend an ignorant idea like this?




Just because something is a law doesn't make it just and holy.

I think Beta should just simmer down now. 

He's doing an AMA on reddit right now. FYI. 

I think by 2030 the USA will no longer be the super power it currently is , your  current future presidents are all bought and paid for.

LOL! All these people in federal prison for simple possession!

It's amazing so many people believe this based on a fake narrative about the "drug war".

TFK_UGCTT_Sk1tzO420 -

He's doing an AMA on reddit right now. FYI. 

It was an amazing shitshow of epic proportions. I was amazing how much he was voted down.

TFK_Kaneman82 - 
TFK_UGCTT_Sk1tzO420 -

He's doing an AMA on reddit right now. FYI. 

It was an amazing shitshow of epic proportions. I was amazing how much he was voted down.




OH man I wish I would have seen that!

Noone twisted their arm to engage in illegal activity.

Definitely believe you should let them out and expunge their record. But stop at that