O'Rourke returns to Lubbock, advocates to end war on drugs - FOX34 Lubbock

O'Rourke returns to Lubbock, advocates to end war on drugs

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Rep. Beto O'Rourke stumping for votes at the Civic Center.

The crowd so large organizers had to turn more than 300 attendees away from the ball room, but O'Rourke gives a quick speech on a chair for those who couldn't get in.

During his remarks, O'Rourke advocates for better health insurance coverage, universal background checks on guns, less restrictive trade practices and an end to the war on drugs.

"And though all Americans all use illegal drugs at the same rate, only some are more likely than others to be arrested, to do time, to check a box on employment applications and making it less likely that they're hired; only some will be refused a Pell grant to attend Texas Tech and better themselves so they can better their lives and those in their lives," he said. "All of us demand not only everybody gets educational and economic opportunities, but an end to a war on drugs that has become a war on people."

O'Rourke specifically advocated for legalizing marijuana. He said other states are getting rich off the profits and other states aren't locking people up for the same crime.

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