Published on October 26th, 2015 | by News Feed
Would Bernie Sanders End Marijuana Prohibition?
On Wednesday night Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders appeared on the late night talk show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. These types of events have become very common for politicians seeking to increase their visibility among the younger voters. Sanders talked about his desire to lead the country back from the brink of disaster and he also opined about his desire to restore the middle class. However the most noteworthy piece of information may have been his stance on the issue of marijuana.
Kimmel asked the politician about his views on marijuana legalization and Sanders offered quite a bit of bulletin board material. The Vermont senator smiled and then delivered a well thought out stance on the topic.
“We have more people in jail today than any other country on earth,” Sanders said. “We have large numbers of lives who have been destroyed because of this War on Drugs, and because people were caught smoking marijuana and so forth. I think we have got to end the War on Drugs.”
Sanders was pressed on the issue of total legalization and he would not rule out that possibility. He took the position that the federal government might need to educate itself on how the state of Colorado went from total prohibition to total legalization. The state was very successful in ending the prohibition of marijuana and they have had no major issues as a result of this policy decision. Sanders said he was, “not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana.”
As all late night comics do, Kimmel turned the conversation, a very serious one, towards more lighthearted fun. Kimmel asked if the postal workers would be allowed to deliver the plant directly to the doors of the citizenry. The crowd erupted and the candidate himself seemed to enjoy the line of questioning as well. “That’ll get rid of the federal deficit pretty quickly won’t it?” Sanders replied.
Bernie Sanders is considered by many to be the only viable option to a Hillary Clinton presidency. While the democratic party has had as many as 5 candidates running for president, 2 have since dropped out, Sanders is by far the only one other than Clinton to garner much support.
Sanders is the current senator from Vermont. He won the election as an Independent but he regularly votes with the democrats. He is also an avowed socialist.
“I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses,” Sanders went on to explain. “We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana.”
The most recent polling data shows that Sanders is trailing Hilary Clinton by less than 6 percentage points. Do you think his recent comments will push him forward in the polls?