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PoliticsBernie Sanders Says He Would Legalize Marijuana by Executive Order

04:50  08 august  2019
04:50  08 august  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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Bernie Sanders ’ support for marijuana legalization is just one of the reasons that he leads Hillary Clinton in polls of young voters. For Sanders , the pledge to legalize marijana represents a pivot from the position that he used to hold. According to MSNBC, Sanders referred to marijuana as a “gateway

Bernie Sanders has without a doubt become the candidate of choice among nationwide marijuana reform groups. Hours after the debate, Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project, the group instrumental in helping Colorado legalize the nation’s first recreational pot market, said “the people

Legalizing marijuana has long been part of Bernie Sanders' policy platform: The Democratic presidential candidate has called for an end to the "destructive 'war on drugs" as part of his racial justice and criminal justice reform policies—along with eliminating private prisons, the death penalty, cash bail and mandatory minimum sentencing.

Bernie Sanders Says He Would Legalize Marijuana by Executive Order© Ethan Miller/Getty Images Bernie Sanders speaks at a twon hall in North Las Vegas, Nevada on August 4.

But in a recent interview, Sanders got specific, pledging to legalize marijuana by executive order.

"When I ran for president for the Democratic nomination in 2016, I talked about a broken criminal justice system, which ends up having in the United States more people in jail than any other country," Sanders told Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. "And what I call for then, and I call for now, is the legalization of marijuana in America."

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Sanders at the time said he would look to Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2012, to see how the policy plays out. Mason Tvert, Marjiuana Policy Project's communications director, said that Sanders was the first presidential candidate to express support for regulating marijuana like alcohol.

Sanders outlined his plans in response to Rogan pointing out that pesticides and other poor agricultural practices can endanger cannabis consumers in states where it's currently legal.

"All of this because it's not federally legal," Rogan added. "Because we can't have sanctioned, licensed companies doing an ethical job of growing something that any responsible, law-abiding person should be able to consume."

Sanders' approach to marijuana legalization takes aim at the Controlled Substances Act, which puts cannabis in the same Schedule One category as heroin, cocaine, MDMA and psilocybin.

"That is insane. Heroin is a killer drug," he said on the episode. "You can argue the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but marijuana ain't heroin. So we have to end that and that's what I will do as President of the United States. I believe we can do that through executive order and I will do that."

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Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is signing on as a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act, introduced last year by Sen. The Marijuana Justice Act, if passed, would not only remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act so that states could legalize without federal interference, but would also withhold

Bernie Sanders continues to aggressively promote the legalization of cannabis, telling supporters at a rally in California today that he would vote for yes "I do not live in California, but if I lived in California, I would vote 'yes' to legalize marijuana ," said the Vermont senator, who is currently campaigning in

In 2016, Sanders became the first major presidential candidate to endorse marijuana legalization. That position followed The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015, a Senate bill he authored that would have removed marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

The bill received no co-sponsors.

"I think ultimately we have got to legalize marijuana, and what's good news is some communities, some cities, are expunging the records. So if you were arrested [and] have a criminal record for selling marijuana, that is being expunged. And that is the right thing to do," Sanders told Rogan.

Other Democratic candidates have agreed with Sanders, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, all of whom have signaled their intention to legalize pot and expunge criminal records for marijuana convictions.

Despite being a proponent of the war on drugs throughout his Senate career, current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden supports decriminalization and has said "nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana." But he opposes full legalization.

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Bernie Sanders indicated he would support marijuana legalization , but his rival Hillary Clinton declined to give This represented a shift from past statements where Sanders said he would have to look at the success of a law legalizing the drug in Colorado. View all comments >. Order by. newest.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders filed his marijuana proposal in the Senate Wednesday, which would allow states to decide whether to legalize the drug and decriminalize it. But Sanders and others say it would allow growers and dispensers in states where marijuana is already legal to use the banks.

"Biden's views are far out of step with the American public and he holds the worst record on cannabis related policy of any individual currently running for the Democratic or Republican nomination," said Erik Altieri, executive director of the marijuana reform organization NORML, in a statement to Rolling Stone.

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