Bernie Sanders Will Consider Legalizing Marijuana if Elected US President
Anthony Johnson - Marijuana Politics
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August 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sits down with Josh McElveen on CloseUP. (WMUR-TV)
While never making marijuana policy a major part of his policy platform in the past, it seemed likely that the progressive Sanders would be a supporter of sensible marijuana laws. Researching his stances, as much as forty years ago, and the fact that his home state of Vermont has been one of the most progressive states on marijuana policy (especially among states without the initiative process), many marijuana law reformers have held out hope that Sanders would be a leader on ending the War on Cannabis.
Sanders’ previous statements regarding marijuana have hinted that he would be announcing a progressive cannabis policy, and his most recent comments in an interview to run on Fusion and Univision on Sunday are his strongest to date. In the interview, he admitted to smoking marijuana in his youth and he criticized laws that severely punish nonviolent drug offenders.
Most exciting to cannabis law reformers is the fact that the interview makes clear that Bernie Sanders will consider legalizing marijuana if elected president.
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