Marijuana Policy Project graded the 22 most widely discussed presidential hopefuls based on actions they have taken and statements they have made that indicate their levels of support for ending marijuana prohibition, allowing legal access to medical marijuana, and defending states’ rights to adopt their own marijuana policies without interference from the federal government.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced he is running for president on April 30, 2015.
Where does he stand?
Sen. Sanders supports the legalization of medical marijuana and he has been critical of the war on drugs, particularly with regard to how it has been enforced.
He has stated he has concerns about regulating marijuana for adult use, which stem from his concerns about other illegal drugs.
What has he said?
“I have real concerns about implications of the war on drugs. We have been engaged in it for decades now with a huge cost and the destruction of a whole lot of lives of people who were never involved in any violent activities.” …
“I’m going to look at the issue. It’s not that I support it or don’t support it. To me it is not one of the major issues facing this country. I’ll look at it. I think it has a lot of support and I’ll be talking to young people and others about the issues. But there are two sides to a story.” TIME, March 4, 2015
“The state of Vermont voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and I support that. I have supported the use of medical marijuana. And when I was mayor of Burlington, in a city with a large population, I can tell you very few people were arrested for smoking marijuana. Our police had more important things to do. 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. I will have more to say about this issue within the coming months.” Reddit AMA, May 19, 2015
What you can do:
Contact Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign and urge him to support the CARERS Act, as well as the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adult use.
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