What Sanders wants to do about pot

October 29, 2015

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has announced he will push to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, citing an FBI report that the U.S. makes a marijuana arrest every minute.

As his Republican rivals debated in Colorado, a state known for its recreational marijuana provisions, Sanders told a group of students at George Mason University in Virginia that he would remove federal interference from states’ ability to regulate marijuana use.

Democratic presidential candidate Sanders greets students after a town hall meeting with students at George Mason University in Fairfax

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders with students after a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That’s wrong. That has got to change,” he said.

Under current federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, alongside drugs such as LSD and heroin. Under Sanders’ proposal, the federal government would no longer prosecute marijuana in states where the drug is legal, and expand the marijuana store owners’ participation in the banking system.

Sanders is one of a growing group of politicians who has criticized current marijuana laws, including Republican rival Rand Paul who pushed bipartisan legislation to prevent the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana users in states where it is legal.

Sanders currently places in second place in the Democratic presidential race, behind front-runner Hillary Clinton. In an Oct. 27 Reuters/Ipsos poll, he pulled 27 percent of possible Democratic support.



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As usual, Bernie is well ahead of politicians in ideas that make sense, which makes him a leader, vs. all the other weather-vane politicians in the race.

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