Bernie Sanders fully supports the medical use of marijuana and the states’ right to decide about its legalization. Bernie Sanders on marijuana; he clearly stated his position in these words:
“The time is long overdue for us to take marijuana off the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs. In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco.”
It is evident that Bernie has urged the federal government to take off marijuana from the illegal drugs schedule. In fact, he wants all the states to follow the path of Colorado since it has legalized marijuana considering it beneficial for marijuana’s business. Sanders on Marijuana;
“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.”
He not only supports the medical use of marijuana but has also co-sponsored the year 2001’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act. If this act is enacted, it would shift marijuana to Schedule II instead of its current position as Schedule I substance. As per the definition given in Schedule I, marijuana is a “drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Bernie does not agree with an assessment of the DEA website that the Schedule I drugs are “the most dangerous drugs of all.” He believes that nothing else is more harmful to human health than tobacco.
“In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern the sale of alcohol and tobacco. “
As far as the recreational use of marijuana is concerned, Sanders is of the opinion that if voting was going to be conducted in a state of which he was a resident, he would most certainly vote YES.
Sanders on marijuana, full support of national legalization of marijuana and wanted the federal government to end the federal prohibition on it because it would allow banks to work with businesses without federal prosecution threat. “And among other things, that means that recognized businesses in states that have legalized marijuana should be fully able to use the banking system without fear of federal prosecution.”
Sanders has always been very vocal about his opinion in this context.
“Let me just say this — 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”
When he was asked if he was a resident of Nevada would he vote in favor of legalization, Sanders’s response was as follows:
“I suspect I would vote yes. And I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses.”
When asked during a presidential debate whether has ever inhaled marijuana he replied that he did try it twice but did not like it “because I coughed a lot, I don’t know. I smoked marijuana twice, didn’t quite work for me… It’s not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people.”
Hilary Clinton is also fully supporting Sanders in this debate. Initially, she wanted to “wait and see” where the legalization debate goes before becoming a national decision. While speaking to Christiane Amanpour for an interview at CNN, she stated that she was doubtful about the medical use of marijuana and believed that there is still room for research. The topic about recreational marijuana has not been open discussed.
In July, Clinton stated that she was a “big believer” in gathering evidence and believed that “should see what kind of results we get, both from medical marijuana and from recreational marijuana, before we make any far-reaching conclusions. We need more studies. We need more evidence. And then we can proceed.”
But this was earlier in 2015, later on, she deemed marijuana as a “gateway drug, can’t be a total absence of law enforcement.”
Now, she believes that it is time to move marijuana from Schedule I substance to Schedule II substance, which clearly indicates that her stance has changed. Hillary Clinton now believes that:
“I would like to move it from what is called Schedule I to Schedule II so that researchers at universities, national institutes of health can start researching what is the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications.”