By Michael Greene
Yesterday at CNN’s Presidential Town Hall, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro was presented with a question: “What is your position on legalizing, not only medical marijuana, but recreational use for adults?”
“I support the legalization of Marijauana,” Castro said. “Let me tell you why.”
Castro went on to site Colorado as an example of how he says he thinks recreational marijuana legalization is done correctly. “People are not going to be able to do whatever they want.”
Castro also said that the records of those formerly convicted for recreational marijuana use should be expunged pointing out that arrests due to recreational marijuana have disproportionately impacted communities of color.
“It’s not enough just to say we wanna legalize it,” Castro said. “We actually want to go back and expunge these records. We need to make sure that we take the best practices of states like Colorado and other places that have legalized it up so that in the future states that they do it afterwards can get the best of that knowledge and not hit as many bumps in the road as some places have hit before.”
Castro officially announced his presidential bid in January of this year and is the only Latinx presidential candidate for the 2020 election so far.