Bernie’s ready to go…again
Bernie Sanders has thrown his hat to the 2020 presidential election ring, with ten months to go until the New Hampshire and Iowa primaries, joining the widest spread of presidential candidates who support cannabis reform in American history.
The Senator from Vermont includes a progressive record about the issues of cannabis legalization and criminal justice reform — but this comes despite the fact he’s confessed to smoking cannabis and disliking it.
“I smoked marijuana twice — didn’t really do the job for me,” said Sanders,” according to the Washington Times. “It’s not my thing, but it’s the thing of a great deal of folks… And if you would like to create the argument that perhaps marijuana is less harmful to health than tobacco, I think you’d probably be making a suitable argument. Some might disagree, but I think that it’s probably true.”
At the time, Sanders pointed into law enforcement’s stance on the”gateway medication ” theory and gave his own take. “What I can tell you is that: We have far, far too many people in jail for nonviolent offenses, and I think in many ways the war against drugs hasn’t been effective, and I believe we ought to rethink that,” said Sanders.
Colorado & Vermont
He proceeded to stage to Colorado’s encounter with legalization and Vermont’s adventure in the time with its reforms. Sanders said back then he would wait to see how legalization goes before making a final judgment, but in the look of his campaign platform around criminal justice issues, he has already made the call. But it seemed like he has made it a couple times as a champion for pot in Congress.
In addition, in another fun twist, this election cycle Sanders hails from the first nation to legalize weed by the ability of the sheriff’s pencil — a reluctant governor, who is preventing the foundation of a real recreational marketplace, but the bud that’s in Vermont remains valid!
Even with Sanders’ penchant for coughing when the joint comes his way, he has proven multiple times he supports marijuana reform. Throughout the 2016 presidential election, together with authorized bud already a growing topic in America (given it was a few years post-Sanjay Gupta), Sanders talked out about protecting marijuana suppliers in legal states from enforcement and only keeping the rest of us out if jail.
During a CNN primary debate in Las Vegas in 2015, Sanders was asked if he’d vote for the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the forthcoming election
“I’d vote yes because I am seeing a lot of lives being ruined for non-violent offenses,” replied Sanders. “We have a criminal justice system that allows CEOs on Wall Street walk off, and we are imprisoning young men and women that are smoking marijuana. I think we have to consider through this war on drugs which has achieved an immense amount of damage”
Sanders is so pro-weed that NORML PAC, the political action committee sister of the NORML Foundation you’re knowledgeable about, endorsed Sanders last summer — until he’d even announced he had been running.
“He’s called for sensible drug policy during his career, created descheduling marijuana a key component of his platform when running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, and has co-sponsored key pieces of federal laws such as the Marijuana Justice Act.”
Altieri went on to notice while the cannabis policy is progressing in private discussions on Capitol Hill, Sanders is making his own mark on the problem from the public eye.
“Senator Sanders doesn’t restrict his fight for reform to backroom meetings and floor speeches in Congresshe takes our message with him since he holds massive rallies and town halls around not just the state of Vermont, but across the country,” said Altieri. “His passion and passion have helped elevate our difficulty from the national dialogue and we are honored to support his reelection effort. He’s a real pioneer in the marijuana legalization revolution.”
Sanders will be operating in a field crowded with different candidates supportive of cannabis legalization, such as Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand. This usually means that most of the Democratic presidential frontrunners support cannabis — a historic first.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced his candidacy for President of the United States last week also, in a first for the Oval Office, he left legalizing marijuana a major part of his platform for the effort.
Booker called into the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Friday to declare publicly for the very first time that he’s running for president. From there, Booker jumped right into a slate of problems facing America today, including marijuana legalization, through the lens of the political of optimism.
When requested by the hosts concerning how he intended to further his criminal justice reform work together with the House and Senate, Booker called mass incarceration”a cancer on the soul of our country” and spoke termed drug policy reform as part of the solution.
“[Reform] means changing our drug laws, ending prohibition against bud which has led to black folks, who are not any different in their use rates or dealing rates, however are almost four times as likely to be incarcerated for marijuana. “We should show the world what the land of the free can really do if enabling people, not throwing them and cages.”
Booker is by no means new to being pro-cannabis, such as some of his own peers in the Senate, also is one of the most progressive legislators on the topic in U.S. history. Most recently, he authored the Marijuana Justice Act, which would eliminate cannabis in the list of controlled substances in the U.S. if passed.
The 2012 reddit AMA
As then-mayor of Newark, New Jersey, he hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit and slipped into the topic of drug coverage back at the summer of 2012.
“The so-called War on Drugs has not succeeded in making significant reductions in drug use, drug arrests or violence,” wrote Booker, responding to a question. “We’re pouring huge amounts of our people funds into this current effort which are bleeding our public treasury and unnecessarily undermining human potential.”
Booker went to elaborate on marijuana especially.
“I think too a lot of my young men and women are being unfairly punished and chewed up from the criminal justice system over small amounts of marijuana. Their lives are being seriously and adversely affected by the sheer number of arrests and incarcerations we are making. When a young person enters a system, it often leaves them worse off compared to other lower cost interventions could,” wrote Booker. “My team here in Newark [is hoping to pilot alternative programs that] can assist in preventing kids from getting swallowed by the system AND help them when they are released if preventative measures fail. And of course, programs like these save taxpayer dollars… they’re so much more affordable than our present rush to incarcerate.”
Nearly seven years later, what Booker said rings true to much of the country, despite the major progress we have seen.
Advocates Weigh According to Cory Booker
We achieved to the National Cannabis Industry Association to get their take on a candidate from one of the key parties creating marijuana reform such a common part of the campaign platform.
“It’s about time that politicians began giving this problem the serious consideration it deserves,” stated NCIA Media Director Morgan Fox. “We are grateful to Senator Booker for attracting cannabis policy reform into the forefront of his campaign, and by extension forcing all other candidates to address it. Honestly, this isn’t just a sign of Booker’s leadership on this issue, though he has been and continues to be a powerful and outspoken proponent. It is a sign of the shifting political environment regarding cannabis, and reflects the popular support for legalization throughout the nation.”
Fox also pointed to the growing signs being pro-pot is a solid start for any political campaign.
“With two-thirds of Americans in favor of legalization and an increasing body of evidence demonstrating that it has been a success at the country level,” Fox explained. “Any presidential candidate that doesn’t come out strong for finishing federal cannabis prohibition in certain fashion is showing exactly how out of touch they are with voters, and of course some conception of common sense or social justice”