In 2011, he wrote a book in which he campaigned for the legalization of marijuana. It was a crucial step to reduce violence in Mexico. He then joined national politics by ousting Democratic deputy Silvestre Reyes in a 2012 campaign aimed at challenging Reyes' opposition to the legalization of marijuana.
As a presidential candidate, O Rourke has identified the issue as a matter of racial injustice and pointed out in Iowa in March that those arrested on marijuana charges are "more brownish and blacker than most Americans."
His plan is to regulate marijuana in a way that is more similar to alcohol: Requires badges to buy it, and focuses on driving under the influence of alcohol and its use in public places too restrict.
Ours Rourke's plan would also prevent the federal government from using marijuana-related crimes as grounds for deportation of undocumented immigrants.
His plan provides for a federal tax on the marijuana industry, which, however, does not contain any precise details of this tax. The proceeds of the tax would be used to fund a number of goals, including supporting re-entry into society for those held for marijuana possession, funding drug abuse treatment programs, and providing funds to individuals formerly employed in the US state and federal prisons were jailed for marijuana offenses campaign was calling a "Drug War Justice Grant".
Minority companies and those convicted of marijuana offenses would be given priority in obtaining licenses to manufacture, sell and sell marijuana.
O Rourke has published his suggestion with discussion panels addressing the issue this week in Los Angeles and Oakland, as well as a Thursday scheduled Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything").
"Not only must we end the ban on marijuana, but we must also repair the damage inflicted on color communities that are disproportionately imprisoned or excluded by the war on drugs in our criminal justice system," said O & Rourke, in a statement Publication of his plan.
"These inequalities have been exacerbated for decades as predominantly white communities have received the vast majority of lucrative business opportunities, while colored communities are still subject to over-policing and criminalization, and it is our responsibility to eradicate the injustices of the past and humans and to help communities most affected by this misguided war. "