Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is pledging to immediately legalize marijuana in all 50 states if he is elected to the White House.
"We will end the destructive war on drugs," the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said at rally in Cedar Rapids. "On my first day in office through executive order we will legalize marijuana in every state in this country."
Sanders emphasized it would be important for his administration to end cannabis prohibition in a way that helps communities harmed by the drug war's enforcement.
"We will move forward to expunge the records of those arrested for possession of marijuana," he said. "And we will make certain that the legalized marijuana industry is not controlled by a handful of corporations but that those people - the African-American community, the Latino community, the Native American community - those people who have suffered the most will get help in order to make money through a legalized marijuana industry."