Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in an online Q&A session Tuesday that he supports federal marijuana reform, specifically to decriminalize possession and legalize medical use of the drug.
Sanders’ home state of Vermont, which he represents in the U.S. Senate, has laws for both, and is currently considering legalizing pot for recreational use.
“When I was mayor of Burlington . . . very few people were arrested for smoking marijuana,” he said.
On the broader issue of the U.S. “War on Drugs”, Sanders said in 2014 that, “we have been engaged in it now with a huge cost and the destruction of a whole lot of lives of people who were never involved in any violent activities.”
While he is open to the possibility, Sen. Sanders is not ready to commit to full legalization of marijuana on the federal level, but said he wants to wait and see what happens in states that allow it’s recreational use.
“Colorado has led the effort toward legalizing marijuana and I’m going to watch very closely to see the pluses and minuses of what they have done,” Sanders wrote.
Never say never. President Sanders just might liberalize America’s drug laws in a way that revolutionizes our enforcement policy forever. Short of that, hopefully he’ll make Hillary Clinton say that she sympathizes with the cause and supports putting an end to the criminalization of soft drugs.
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