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Tulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal

Tulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting MORE (D-HI) released a fundraising email that called to legalize marijuana nationwide on Saturday, which coincided with April 20, a popular date in cannabis culture.

In an email to supporters, Gabbard wrote that it "appalls" her that more than half a million Americans were arrested for possession of marijuana in 2017.

"It appalls me that marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug, alongside heroin, and that our country arrested 600,000 people just for possession in 2017 alone. Meanwhile, Big Pharma gets off scot free for pushing highly addictive opioids on to patients who don’t need them," Gabbard wrote in the email.

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"Justice means expunging the records of those with marijuana possession charges and fully prosecuting Big Pharma for fueling an opioid epidemic that has killed thousands," she continued.

The email went on to donation options in several iterations of the number "420," including $4.20, $14.20, $42.00 and $420.00, before attacking racial disparities in drug crime prosecution statistics.

"The costs of our current, draconian policies on marijuana are disproportionately borne by medical patients, veterans and communities of color," Gabbard wrote.

"Although black and Latino populations use and sell drugs at a similar rate as whites, they make up 57 percent of the incarcerated population in spite of being only 25 percent of the overall U.S. population," she added.

Gabbard, who is running for president among a crowded field of Democrats vying for the party's 2020 nomination, was not the only Democratic contender to issue a call for marijuana's legalization at the federal level on Saturday.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted that marijuana should be legalized, writing that "[c]ommunities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. We must reverse this trend."

"It’s not enough just to say we want to #LegalizeIt," added former San Antonio Mayor Julian CastroJulian CastroOVERNIGHT ENERGY: McEachin signals interest in Biden administration environment role | Haaland, eyed for Interior, stresses need for Native American representation | Haaland backers ask Udall to step aside in bid for Interior post Julian Castro announces relaunch of 'Adios Trump!' shirts to raise money for young immigrants Sanders says Democrats should have given more speaking time to progressives MORE (D-Texas). "We will also regulate it, taking best practices of states that have successfully legalized marijuana. And while we’re at it, we’ll expunge the records of folks who’ve been incarcerated for using it."