Bernie Sanders signed on to a marijuana bill that would punish states for criminalizing weed

Bernie Sanders signed on to a marijuana bill that would punish states for criminalizing weed
Bernie Sanders is the latest senator to sign on to a bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and punish states that continue criminalizing weed. Several potential 2020 presidential contenders in the Senate are now co-sponsors of the Marijuana Justice Act, a weed-decriminalization bill first drafted by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in August 2017. Senator Sanders (I-Vt.) signed his name as a co-sponsor Thursday, joining Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who political pundits say might be considering her own chase for the Democratic nomination for president along with Booker and Sanders.”Leaders in the Democratic Party are increasingly recognizing that leading the charge on legalization is not only good policy, but good politics,” Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, told Forbes. “The constituencies which the party claims to stand for are the ones who have most felt the weight of prohibition and the lifelong consequences of prohibition.”The Marijuana…

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Bernie Sanders signed on to a marijuana bill that would punish states for criminalizing weed