Democrat Bernie Sanders seeks to end Marijuana Prohibition

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 31, 2015.

Democrat aspirant Bernie Sanders, who is having a tough time against Hillary Clinton, has come out in support of marijuana use to woo the voters. The Vermont Senator has vowed to end marijuana prohibition by the federal government, if he is elected President. While talking to college students at George Mason University on Wednesday, Sanders shared a proposal to achieve his goal.

The proposal won't legalize marijuana, but would remove the drug from the federal government's list of most dangerous drugs. Sanders said Pot is not as dangerous as heroin as being projected now. "It's unfair to list marijuana under Schedule 1 drugs, which have LSD, heroin and bath salts. Pot cannot be called most dangerous, as it is being widely used for medical purpose unlike the other drugs," he said.

“In my view, the time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana. The states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern the sale of alcohol and tobacco," said Sanders. This is the first time a Presidential aspirant has openly given a call to end federal ban on marijuana.

Another Democratic Presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley too supports the arguments that marijuana should be moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 where it would share the same status as crack cocaine and crystal meth. Even if marijuana is moved to Schedule 2 list, it won't be treated in the same way that states do in case of other substances such as alcohol and cigarettes.

If Bernie Sander's plan is accepted and enacted in the United States, citizens of all those states where marijuana is legal, won't have to fear federal prosecution.

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