Target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Lift the federal ban on marijuana and help end the drug war.
A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of Schedule I drugs, lifting the federal ban on marijuana and helping to end the drug war. The bill was introduced by presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and is the first of its kind to ever be introduced in the Senate.
Sanders has been the most vocal candidate about his anti-prohibition stance and desire to end the drug war. Sanders has said he feels ending marijuana prohibition is vital to end racial inequalities in the criminal justice system and to reform the criminal justice system as a whole.
The bill would not legalize marijuana, but rather leave its legal status up to individual states. This legislation comes during a time where many states and cities across the U.S. have already ended prohibition of marijuana and begun utilizing its medical and economic benefits.
The American people have been vocal about their stance on marijuana, and a bill like this is what they want. Urge officials to pass this bill and take a step towards ending prohibition and the costly, unnecessary war on drugs.
Dear Senator McConnell,
Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill that would lift the federal ban on marijuana by removing marijuana from the federal government’s list of Schedule I drugs. The American people’s view on marijuana has been more and more progressive in recent years, and many agree this war on drugs is costly, unnecessary and unfair.
Although the bill seems very radical, it would not legalize marijuana, but rather leave its legal status up to individual states. Many states and cities have already ended prohibition and legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.
I urge you to vote to pass this bill, end prohibition and take a step towards ending the war on drugs.
[Your Name Here]
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