U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar: Marijuana Must Be Legalized Nationwide to Fight Economic Inequality
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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar: Marijuana Must Be Legalized Nationwide to Fight Economic Inequality

Omar told BET that the federal government should strive to ensure consistency between states on the issue.

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July 9, 2019

Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called on the federal government to take the lead in legalizing marijuana nationwide, warning that legal differences between states was exacerbating economic inequality.

The progressive Minnesota representative told BET that the federal government — which has long considered marijuana a medically unnecessary, illegal drug on par with heroin and cocaine — should strive to ensure consistency between states on the issue, according to the Star Tribune.

"What happens [without full legalization] is you will have a state where someone is publicly and professionally able to profit and the next state, someone could be sent to life [in prison] for it," Omar told BET.

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