Bernie Sanders wants to legalize cannabis if he is elected president. And he isn’t going to wait on Congress to do it.
The presidential hopeful said this week that he would use an executive order to end the federal prohibition on pot, reiterating his long-standing opposition to the ban.
“When I ran for president for the Democratic nomination in 2016, I talked about a broken criminal justice system, which ends up having in the United States more people in jail than any other country,” Sanders said during an interview on the popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “And what I call for then, and I call for now, is the legalization of marijuana in America.”
While state and municipal governments across the United States have taken it upon themselves to legalize marijuana for recreational use—along with the more than 30 states that permit it for medicinal purposes—cannabis remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, which places pot in the same category as far more powerful drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Sanders told Rogan that such a distinction is “insane.”
“Heroin is a killer drug,” the Vermont senator said. “You can argue the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but marijuana ain’t