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2020 hopeful Gillibrand unveils plan to legalise marijuana

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:29 AM
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks during a FOX News town hall meeting on Sunday, June 2, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks during a FOX News town hall meeting on Sunday, June 2, in Dubuque, Iowa.

WASHINGTON (AP):

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand has a plan to legalise marijuana and expunge all non-violent criminal charges associated with it.

The New York senator says in a Medium post on Wednesday that she’d work with Congress to decriminalise recreational marijuana use and tax non-prescription marijuana products.

Gillibrand says she wants to use the proceeds to support job training and other programmes for communities “disproportionately harmed by marijuana laws,” especially helping small businesses owned by women and minorities.

Gillibrand would expand medical marijuana research, saying it “can help combat our opioid addiction epidemic” and treat veterans’ mental and physical health problems.

She wants to ensure access to medical marijuana is covered by private health insurance plans and by federal programmes, including Medicare, Medicaid and Department of Veterans Affairs health programmes.

Gillibrand launched her 2020 campaign in March.