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Buttigieg says he uses marijuana ‘handful’ of times, defends calling for the nationwide decriminalization

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The 2020 presidential candidates have spoken of reform of the drug policy, when you visit a marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – Many of the Democrats seeking to topple President Trump in the year 2020, demand Ind the decriminalization of possession of marijuana at the Federal level-including South Bend,., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, told reporters on Wednesday that he had tried the drug “a handful” of times in the past.

“I have a couple of times, a long time ago, and I also have a lot of people whose lives said really shaken by the old “war on drugs” approach,” Buttigieg Fox News in Las Vegas met.

Nevada legalized marijuana for recreational use in the year 2017. Several other States have similar moves, although the drug is still illegal on a Federal level.

Buttigieg ambitious proposal has been owned to “decriminalise all drugs”, while the expansion of access to addiction treatment and improvement of drug and alcohol abuse and mental health treatment.

Buttigieg also said the legalization of pot carry numerous business benefits.

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“First of all, without legalization, are you going to continue to see a patchwork of different state laws to create a lot of problems for legitimate companies like this,” Buttigieg said outside of the Top-Notch pharmacy in Las Vegas, a campaign stop.

He added, “We don’t need to legalize, but we also need to keep track of experiments, knowledge of the racial inequality and life that have been ruined by sentences on marijuana possession.”

Other 2020 Democrats seemed to be on the same page.

The former Texas Rep. Beto O’rourke toured Oakland, Calif., Outpatient clinic in the last month, and called for the allocation of the monthly grants to people who were previously locked up for low-level marijuana offenses as a form of compensation.

In the meantime, other candidates have admitted using the drug. California, Sr., Kamala Harris, said in a radio interview at the beginning of this year, “I did, and I inhaled-I was inhaling. It was a long time ago, but Yes.”

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Sen Bernie Sanders, the when running in the primaries in 2016, also confirmed he tried it a couple of times.

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“I have marijuana, not smoked twice and worked with me,” he said to Yahoo! News.

Candidates for legalization of marijuana by the state have split. Buttigieg said it would have to be done through the proper legislative channels, while Sanders, an executive order has expressed that he would use to execute it.

Buttigieg agreed that the stigma should decrease in connection with marijuana use.

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He also made a pitch specifically for veterans. “Yes, so I have a lot of veterans who rely on cannabis for the treatment of diagnosed or undiagnosed problems, the often service-with issues such as post-traumatic stress. And, another advantage of decriminalization is that it could pave the way for this to be supported with the” Department of Veterans Affairs.

Asked by another reporter if he had bought, all the items in the pharmacy, which he compared to a Apple Store in appearance, he said: “I don’t want to. I’m on the clock and it will be a long day.”

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