Does he really think this will work?
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stated that if elected president, he would “pardon everyone who is in jail for nonviolent marijuana-related offenses.”
On Yang’s official website, he makes his policy ideas on the legalization of marijuana abundantly clear:
Marijuana is still considered a controlled substance by federal law. Thousands are in jail for marijuana-related offenses, particularly people of color. Yet marijuana is now legal for adult use in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and 33 states have legalized medical marijuana in some form.
We need to resolve the ambiguity and legalize marijuana at the federal level. This would improve safety, social equity, and generate tens of billions of dollars in new revenue based on legal cannabis businesses.
His website further states:
As president, I will … Support the full legalization of marijuana at the federal level and remove it from the controlled substances list … Expunge the federal convictions of all marijuana-related use or possession offenses … Identify non-violent drug offenders for probation and potential early release.
.@AndrewYang at #NANconv2019: “I would legalize marijuana and then I would pardon everyone who’s in jail for a nonviolent drug-related offense. I would pardon them on April 20, 2021 and I would high-five them on the way out of jail.” pic.twitter.com/wqELzL9TwO
— The Hill (@thehill) April 3, 2019