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Bernie Sanders Says He Would Vote ‘Yes’ To Nevada Marijuana Legalization At Presidential Debate

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Bernie Sanders Expresses Support For Marijuana Legalization, While Hillary Clinton Punts On The Issue

If my social media feeds are any indication, there are a lot of people watching the 2016 Presidential debate for the Democrats on CNN right now. Anderson Cooper asked Bernie Sanders how he would vote on the marijuana legalization initiative in Nevada, and Bernie Sanders had the following to say, via Twitter:

Hillary Clinton was asked how she felt about marijuana legalization. Specifically she was asked about her comments that we need to wait to see how things work out at the state level, and that there has been over two years to look at. Anderson Cooper asked her if she wanted to take a position on the issue, and as many predicted, she chose to punt on the issue and say that we need to wait more time before we jump to any conclusions. She said that she supports medical marijuana, but even then, that there needs to be more research done. She did express support for decriminalization, but by that point, it was hard to know if she actually felt that way or just wanted to be done with the question. Below are some reactions from Twitter:

 

What do TWB readers think about the answers provided at the debates? I was disappointed that all of the candidates weren’t asked about marijuana policy, and that it seemed kind of like a last minute addition to the debate than the time the topic truly deserved. With that being said, it’s still refreshing and encouraging to see marijuana policy covered at all, because it wasn’t that long ago that having a marijuana policy question asked on that level of a stage seemed like a far fetched hope. That’s a fantastic thing.

Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority had the following to say about the debate:

“This is the first time we’ve seen a major candidate for president say he’d probably vote for legalizing marijuana if given the chance. That says a lot about how far the politics on this issue have shifted in a very short amount of time. As a point of reference, in 2008 no major candidate even supported decriminalization when asked in a debate, and our movement had to chase them around New Hampshire and repeatedly harass them just to garner pledges to stop federal raids on state-legal medical marijuana patients. Legalization is at the forefront of mainstream American politics, and politicians are starting to treat it as such.”

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39 Comments

  1. He’s done more than any president ever, and Denny is flat out lying because that’s what he does. And every time I call him out on it, he disappears.

  2. saynotohypocrisy on

    Obama did say he wanted policies based on science, he hasn’t delivered when it comes to medicinal marijuana.

  3. ” the candidates must make sense on all things you agree with”

    The odds of you finding a candidate with whom you agree on EVERYTHING are darn near nill. You have to prioritize if you’re not a one issue voter.

    “There is no way I would vote for someone that is just saying shit to get votes, they have to prove it with years of holding the same position.”

    Sander has hardly changed any of his positions in 40 years. When he was mayor of Burlington in the 70’s, he decriminalized while everyone else was criminalizing.

    “They are all a bunch of finely tuned liars.”

    Not all of them. Do some research. Sanders has been consistent and truthful his whole career. He doesn’t take big SuperPac money so he’s not beholden to any special interests. 99% of his donation are under $250.

    “WE THE PEOPLE shall make legalization happen WITHOUT EVEN ASKING a single politician.”

    The way we do that is to elect representatives who will do what we want. The more people we elect who support legalization or at least rescheduling, the better chance we have at change.

    “We the people shall make the changes through ballot initiatives”

    There are many states, including mine, where we don’t have ballot initiatives.

    ” who ever is in the white house doesn’t matter.”

    Chris Christie said he would send federal agents to states that have legalized and start busting people, since marijuana is still illegal under federal law. So, you don’t think President Christie would be a problem?

  4. I doubt he’ll be elected. But the thing is, even if he isn’t, if enough of us vote for him in the primaries, he could wind up with some delegates, and he could force the party platform, and it’s nominee, to the left on this issue.

  5. “the current one in office who said he’d reschedule it”

    Why do you have so much trouble with the truth? Oh, wait… I know. Because you’re a Republican. This whole liberals doing what you wish your Precious Republicans would do must really burn, eh Denny?

    Here’s the most this President ever said on rescheduling, and if you’d have been paying attention, you’d know that this is basically the same thing he’s been saying all along: he wants congress to do it.

    > “We may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side,” Obama said. “At a certain point, if enough states end up decriminalizing, then Congress may reschedule marijuana.”

    http://www.hightimes.com/read/obama-predicts-marijuana-will-be-rescheduled

  6. Lynnette Poole on

    Someone needs to force these politicians to do their job and legalize at a federal level so we can stop hiding and sneaking like a bunch of criminals just to make ourselves well. Making marijuana illegal goes against our constitutional rights to pursue happiness. I’m tired of being treated as a criminal just because I want to feel well. They have plenty of years of research and need to just get it done already.

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