Bernie Sanders On Marijuana Legalization: Is He Right Or Wrong?
Regardless of your political standing, you have an opinion about marijuana legalization — and it should come as no surprise that Bernie Sanders is discussing federal marijuana legalization lately.
So at this point, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug on the federal level. With this being the case, it is still not viewed to have medical benefits, and the government sees it as something that should be illegal as it is a drug that’s being abused. This is the truth of the matter, even with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the first CBD-based oral medicine in June of 2018.
Where Does Bernie Weigh In?
Sanders, along with the majority of other Democratic candidates, are in support of some sort of legalization or decriminalization of the herb. In fact, Sanders was the first presidential candidate to support cannabis legalization back in 2016.
Recently, on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Sanders said the following:
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. And what I call for then, and I call for now, is the legalization of marijuana in America.
That [marijuana’s Schedule I classification] is insane. Heroin is a killer drug. You can argue the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but marijuana isn’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.
Watch the entire podcast here for more insight.
What do you think? Does this sound achievable? Or do you think Bernie is “just blowing smoke?”