Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is breaking the norm.
Today, Bernie spoke to students in Virginia at George Mason University and told them, “in my view, the time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana.”
While the republicans are in Colorado preparing for the debate, Bernie is fighting for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Sanders has been attracting minorities and college students his entire campaign. In September, he attended the Latino Fest in Des Moines and spoke on his stance for education.
He spoke on reforming the criminal justice system and the police departments.
Bern also spoke on how every man woman and child should have healthcare.
Now, Bernie did say earlier this year in an interview with Katie Couric that he believed marijuana was a “gateway” drug.
It does seem like he changed his mind somewhere within the 4 months but he is much closer than any of the other candidates to change the way the war on drugs is fought.
Perhaps its due to how much money we’re spending on having people locked away for marijuana related chargers. “Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That’s wrong. That has got to change,” he said. “We are spending about $80 billion a year in federal state and local taxpayer dollars to lock people up. $80 billion a year.”
He also said at George Mason, ”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.”
Perhaps Bernie will be the answer to end the petty war on drugs.