Bernie Sanders believes it’s about time the phrase “feel the Bern” takes on a new meaning. The Vermont senator and current democratic presidential candidate introduced a bill on Wednesday which, if passed, would end federal prohibition of marijuana and remove it from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of most dangerous drugs.
The bill, which can be read in full here, would also remove marijuana from the current Controlled Substances Act. If passed, states would be allowed to determine whether to legalize pot for either medical or recreational use with no federal government intervention.
Sanders’ bill comes a week after he first proposed removing pot from the government’s ‘most dangerous’ substances list, where it is currently classified alongside drugs such as heroin and LSD. The bill is based on another one first proposed by Rep. Jared Collis, a democratic congressman from the second district in Colorado, in 2013.
“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders said during a speaking engagement at George Mason University last week. That’s wrong. That has got to change.”
Last month, a Gallup poll determined that 58 percent of U.S. citizens are in favor of legalizing marijuana use. Those folks all just want to “Bern” one down. Speaking of which…
(Via Huffington Post)