Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed to legalize marijuana nationally and expunge the criminal records of those convicted for possession of the drug at a rally near Dallas, Texas on Friday night.
Sanders made the remarks while speaking about criminal justice reform during the event held at the 5,500 capacity Mesquite Arena. The campaign stop was the third of the day for the busy Sanders, the first two having been held in North Carolina.
“By executive order, I can and will legalize marijuana in every state in this country,” Sanders told the crowd. “We will expunge the records of those arrested for possession of marijuana.”
Sanders promised to “end the so-called war on drugs” to a cheering crowd, while also tackling other issues related to prisons and incarceration.
“It is not acceptable to me that we have more people in jail in America than any other country on earth including China, [with a population] four times our size,” said Sanders.
“We are going to end private prisons and detention centers,” he added. “Corporations should not be making millions of dollars in profit for locking up fellow Americans.”
The Sanders campaign has begun to focus on delegate-rich Texas, which offers 228 pledged delegates. At least 1,991 delegates are required to automatically secure the Democratic nomination. The campaign announced they were opening five new campaign offices in the state Wednesday.
Texas voters will choose their pick for the Democratic nominee on March 3, joining 13 other states that will be holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday.
The Nevada caucus is the next nominating contest, set for February 22.