Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continues to fight the good fight in ending marijuana prohibition. In his recent State of the Union essay contest for Vermont High School students, he filled the work of some finalist into the Congressional record. Two of the essays focused on federal reform policies against marijuana.
Mikayle Clarke of Falls Union HighSchool, points out that legalizing marijuana would generate enough revenue that could help the U.S. dig out of the $18.7 trillion debt. It would also create new job opportunities that Americans desperately need. Megan Bromely who attends Milton Senior HighSchool, focuses more on using police resources to fight violent crimes and unsolved rape cases. The funding generated from marijuana legalization could help resolve unprocessed rape kits and begin to treat minor drug use/offenses in a proactive manner.
Senator Bernie Sanders couldn't agree more with the heartfelt essays written by these young women scholars. With our young people leading the fight to change issues such as these, the country is headed in a positive direction. Once the lawmakers truly understand the benefits of legalizing marijuana outweigh the negative stereotypes, we could truly then move forward and make a change for the better.
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