Gillibrand unveils plan to legalize pot nationwide

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Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand rolled out her plan to legalize pot and expunge all records for non-violent marijuana convictions, she announced on Wednesday.

Gillibrand’s plan focuses on rehabilitating “communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana laws,” predominantly African-American and Hispanic, she said in a post on Medium, by decriminalizing the use of the drug and funneling tax revenue from non-prescription marijuana products into support programs for formerly incarcerated individuals jailed for marijuana-related charges.

Data showed that blacks were 8.1 times more likely to be arrested and Hispanics five times more likely to be arrested in 2017 than their white counterparts, according to the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College.

“These findings and the data behind them provide an empirical foundation for important policy conversations underway in New York State about decriminalization and legalization

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