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Andrew Yang Peddles Marijuana-Themed Presidential Campaign Merchandise

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2020 candidate Andrew Yang announced on Saturday that his campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination is rolling out a line of marijuana-themed merch.

The limited edition products blend Yang’s love of mathematics with his support for cannabis reform. A t-shirt being offered for $30 simply says, “Math. Money. Marijuana.” And a now-sold-out baseball cap says “Math” on the front and displays a cannabis leaf on back. There’s also a bumper sticker that says, “Legalize Marijuana.”

Yang, who has never before held public office, has often discussed his support for cannabis legalization and broader drug policy reform on the campaign trail.

In April he said he would pardon all non-violent drug offenders on 4/20, the unofficial marijuana holiday.

“I would legalize marijuana and I would pardon everyone who’s in jail for a non-violent, drug-related offense,” he said at the time. “I would pardon them all on April 20, 2021 and I would high five them on their way out of jail.”

But he later walked back those remarks, clarifying that he would only grant mass clemency to people convicted of cannabis crimes rather than anyone incarcerated for a non-violent drug offense.

That said, his campaign website does say that he backs decriminalizing opioids.

On Friday, the candidate sent a fundraising email to his list pledging, “On my first day as President, I will pardon every person imprisoned for a low-level, non-violent marijuana offense and I would high five them on their way out of jail.”

Yang, who says he has never personally consumed cannabis, autographed a bong at a campaign event in Oregon last month.

This piece was first published by Forbes.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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