While some fellow Democrats are pushing back, some are also stressing that this is a matter of public health. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter, “Marijuana should be legalized, and drug consumption should be decriminalized.”


Some in Hollywood are taking a more humorous route with what many would say is an outdated notion that marijuana is a gateway drug. Emmy-nominated screenwriter Bess Kalb said, “for me marijuana was a gateway drug to ordering a telescope online that I forgot I bought until halfway through a conversation with my bank’s fraud division.”