Bernie Sanders:’Prohibition of Marijuana Has Failed’

Bernie Sanders:’Prohibition of Marijuana Has Also Failed’

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he’s still “thinking about” a potential run for the presidency in 2020 — and if he does run, it’s a safe bet that marijuana reform will be among his priorities.

That might not be news to anyone who followed Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, during which he regularly railed against the failed drug war and made a powerful call for federal cannabis legalization while introducing the Senate’s bill to deschedule marijuana. But in his new book, “Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance,” the senator again highlighted the harms of prohibition.

“How many young people’s lives got off to a bad start because of a police record related to marijuana? ” he writes, noting that even a simple possession conviction can make it more challenging to find a job, rent an apartment, or get admitted to school.

“The good news is that many states and cities across the country are taking action to reverse the damage caused by the war on drugs,” Sanders says in the book, which was released on Nov. 27, 2018. “More and more states are moving to decriminalize or legalize the possession of marijuana, and a few have passed laws to expunge prior misdemeanor convictions.

The prohibition of marijuana has also neglected. ”

Talking at George Washington University on Nov. 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C., Sanders talked about a few of the main points in his book, which reflects on the last two years under President Donald Trump’s government and makes arguments for innovative policies moving forward.

Sanders — who has co-sponsored several far-reaching marijuana reform bills and called on supporters to pressure Congress to legalize cannabis — said a lot of lessons could be drawn from the national conversation around issues like mass incarceration and police brutality.

“What we learned is that the American people, including many conservatives, understand that we want fundamental reform of a broken criminal justice system, which includes incidentally, ending this devastating so-called war on drugs, which has ruined many lives,” he said in the address.

Sanders also fielded a question on many people’s thoughts as we head into 2020 presidential campaign season: Why is he going to run?

It wasn’t a matter he appeared especially enthusiastic about answering, Politico reported, as the senator has maintained that voters should stay focused on policy matters and not what he described as “personality politics. ” Nonetheless, he conceded that he’s considering another campaign and would be inclined to run if it had been clear that he’d have the ability to defeat Trump.

“The issue isn’t ego,” he said. “it’s the perception that we’re in a critical moment in American history. ”

This guide was republished from Marijuana Moment below a content syndication agreement. Read the first article here.

The independent Vermont senator wrote a new book, “Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance,” and blasted the war on drugs as a failure that encircle a large human toll in terms of lost job, home, and education opportunities due to criminal records, (Photo by Nick Solari via Wikimedia Commons; used with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic permit )


Released at Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:22:07 +0000

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