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Elizabeth Warren Down For Legalization?

During her candidacy in 2011, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren was completely against marijuana and legalization.  She even proclaimed that a Republican opponent wanted us "armed and stoned.”  So it may come as a shock that now, Warren says, “I’m open to it,” when asked about a legalization initiative that may appear on the Massachusetts’s ballot next year, her home state.

Warren told the Boston Globe that, “we’ve learned more. A couple of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Frankly, I think we ought to be learning what we can from those states,” on Wednesday.  She has always had an opinion about the massive jail population of non-violent drug offenders, which may have aided to her changing her mind.  Last year, at the Netroots Nation conference, she stated, “A kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot and goes to jail, but a big bank launders drug money and no one gets arrested.  The game is rigged!”

Warren has pushed the federal government to remove the restrictions on cannabis research.  She criticized the way scientific inquiry on marijuana has been stymied and stigmatized.  Overall, her stance on the matter is now clear.  Warren stated, “I just want to make it clear, overall on the ballot question, I’m open to it.”