Aug 172015
 August 17, 2015

Next year will be a monumental year for marijuana legalization.bernie sanders marijuana

As a movement we are heading into our third national election cycle as a legitimate political force. It started when the first two bricks in the wall of prohibition fell on election night in 2012, when the voters of Colorado and Washington voted in favor of the legalization and regulation of marijuana. Some may even recall that marijuana legalization received more votes in Colorado than President Obama did during his successful reelection campaign.

In 2014, two more states were added to that list (Oregon and Alaska), along with the District of Columbia. Since then, activists around the country have been racing to add their states to the list of those who are 420 friendly. In 2016, as many as eight more states are looking to legalize marijuana, with at least five or six of those campaigns being in strong positions to make it happen.

Considering that the Obama administration was still ignoring our movement in 2012, the upcoming election in 2016 is most certainly going to be the first Presidential election in which we will be taken seriously.

There are currently two candidates running for President who have been willing to speak out in a positive way on our issue.

On the Republican side, libertarian-leaning Rand Paul has stated on multiple occasions that he is in support of states’ ability to legalize marijuana without federal intervention. Paul even courted donations from the marijuana industry this summer. Even louder than his rhetoric on marijuana and federalism is his support for several legislative priorities for marijuana reformers, including S.683 The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2015, which would effectively allow states to set their own policies in regards to medical marijuana without the feds getting in the way. He was one of the three original co-sponsors, and spoke at the press conference held to announce the legislation.

Although Rand has said he is not a proponent of legalization and has said that marijuana use lowers IQ, he is far and away the best candidate seeking the Republican nomination for President. In a crowded field and in a political system that is dominated by big money, Rand Paul’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are looking pretty slim, at least according to recent polling numbers. There is no doubt that Paul brings much needed attention to the insane nature of the War on Drugs; but in a primary election where a billionaire, reality-TV star has sucked up all the air in the room, it’s tough for someone who actually has policy proposals to breakthrough.

bernie-sanders-portrait-01The very fact that big money politics has left marijuana on the back burner for so long is exactly why I believe the marijuana industry should be supporting Bernie Sanders for President.

I believe that Bernie Sanders is the best candidate running for President, not only for his stance on marijuana, but also because he wants to fundamentally change the political system that has left us out in the cold for decades. I think that with the support of the cannabis industry he can win the Democratic nomination for President and help bring some rationality to the marijuana conversation nationally.

We just need to push him to take some concrete steps in his capacity as Senator from Vermont to support legislation that his colleague Rand Paul has already signed on to.

Bernie Sanders has long been a supporter of more sensible marijuana policies. In 2005, he was one of the original co-sponsors of the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act, which would have rescheduled medical marijuana, allowing doctors to prescribe and recommend cannabis to their patients. In 1997 he signed on to an earlier version of that same bill, and in 1998 he voted against a resolution that stated Congress’ disapproval of the idea that marijuana could be used for medicinal purposes.

A couple of months ago after announcing his candidacy, Sanders took part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session where he was asked inevitably about his stance on marijuana legalization. Here was his answer:

“Let me just say this — the state of Vermont voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and I support that. I have supported the use of medical marijuana. And when I was mayor of Burlington, in a city with a large population, I can tell you very few people were arrested for smoking marijuana. Our police had more important things to do.Colorado has led the effort toward legalizing marijuana and I’m going to watch very closely to see the pluses and minuses of what they have done. I will have more to say about this issue within the coming months.”

Since then he has been asked in interviews with Time and Politico about his views on marijuana, where he has said that he believes that it is a trend that is supported by many young people and that other states will follow in the footsteps of Colorado. He also rebutted President Obama’s recent joke at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner where Obama called Sanders a “pot-smoking socialist”, saying that he hasn’t smoked marijuana in over 30 years.

He has thus far stopped shy of saying that he supports marijuana legalization nationwide, but he has on numerous occasions brought up marijuana in his stump speeches, comparing locking kids up for smoking weed while Wall Street bankers walk free after destroying our economy. During his recent hour long speech to a raucous, overflowing, crowd of 28,000 in Portland, Oregon (his largest crowd to date) he made it a point to bring up this disparity in punishment. You can hear the line for yourself in this video starting at about 25:28.

If the marijuana community wants to have an impact on the election of 2016, Bernie Sanders is our guy. Bernie Sanders is a politician that is not beholden to special interests or big money donors, therefore he is a politician who actually responds to the needs of real people.

When Black Lives Matters activists didn’t think that Sanders was giving their issue enough attention, they interrupted a forum at Netroots Nation where Sanders was to speak. Although Sanders has a long history of supporting civil rights, he was still willing to hear them out. He even reached out to a prominent activist named Symone Sanders, who has now been hired as the National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Since bringing her on board, Bernie has put out a full racial justice platform that includes the need to de-militarize our police, banning for-profit prisons, and turning away from the War on Drugs. I think that this not only shows that he understands the issues at hand, but that he is willing to listen, and isn’t afraid to take tough stances on issues that too often have been swept under the rug.

Since the rise of Bernie Sanders, and lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy (except for in the mainstream media), there have been rumors that Vice-President Joe Biden is looking to get into the Democratic primary race.

For those of us who have been paying attention to drug policy, we know that Joe Biden has historically been one of the worst Democratic politicians when it comes to the War on Drugs. He not only helped create the Drug Czar position, but he also fought for mandatory minimum sentences for federal marijuana crimes, and has been advocating for the Obama administration to stay away from legalization as an official position, even after President Obama was quoted in the New Yorker as saying marijuana is safer than alcohol.

If Biden enters the race, it could be bad news for marijuana reformers everywhere. Biden only has a shot at winning the nomination by pulling from Clinton’s base of support, which is where the institutional money and political power is currently placing their bets in hopes of dousing any chance at a Sanders’ presidency.

This is why the marijuana community must fall behind Bernie Sanders and help him get the Democratic nomination. Now that we have seen the first few states achieve legalization, and with many more around the corner, it is time to move the conversation from legalization to equalization.

Bernie has said that he’ll continue to flesh out his position in the coming months, and I look forward to seeing what his campaign comes up with. Here are some concrete examples of actions we need him to take as a Senator, which would help solidify our community’s support in his campaign for President.

I believe that with enough organizing that the marijuana reform movement can get Sanders to move on these legislative priorities, and bring much needed attention to the legal hurdles that face cannabis businesses at the national level. The cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry in the U.S., but remains frozen out of banking and is taxed at higher levels than any other sector of our economy. This creates a significant public safety issue, and stifles the creation of thousands of living wage jobs at a time when too many Americans are without work.

So let’s get to work.

There are three ways that we as marijuana activists can make our presence known to the Sanders campaign in a way that is both helpful to the campaign and to our movement.

Social Media:

This is how Bernie’s campaign has managed to gain as much traction as it already has. The power of the internet as a organizing tool is still underestimated by the traditional political/media power structures. Each one of us is our own media network and we have the ability to inform those around us, without having to rely on corporate media.

Like, comment and share any pro-Bernie stuff coming up in your Facebook news feed, this helps the content be seen by more people in your extended network. Be sure to “like” his Facebook page, and participate in the conversation on there as well.

Follow @BernieSanders on Twitter and retweet his tweets that talk mention marijuana or criminal justice reform, like these:

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Follow @BernieSanders on Instagram and comment on the pictures his campaign posts, thanking him for talking about marijuana on that campaign trail. This can help to spark a conversation among other followers of his account. He is also on Periscope quite often, which is another great place to interact with his campaign.

Also, please like the Cannabis Advocates for Bernie Facebook page. This will be a great resource for our community to organize around.

Don’t forget to share this article on all our social networks, using the hashtags #YesHeCann and #FeelTheBern

Volunteering:

A grassroots campaign like Bernie’s is dependent on their volunteer staff. I think the grassroots, underdog nature of the Sanders’ campaign lends itself well to marijuana activists who are used to doing a lot with very little.

As a community we should be actively involved in volunteering in this campaign. Do you live in one of the early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina?

None of those states currently have legal marijuana, but you could make a difference by volunteering with the campaign and talking to the other volunteers about why you support Bernie. One of the best things we can do as a community is to start to assimilate into other non-cannabis groups. Show the public that you are a regular voter and that you support marijuana legalization.

If you want to sign up to volunteer, do so here.

Donate:

Simply put, Bernie Sanders is not being bankrolled by big money in this campaign. He is completely dependent on small contributions, with over 300,000 people giving an average of around $31.

In an age of big money dominating our political system, the only way his campaign is able to withstand the onslaught of campaign spending from his opponents is with the help of ordinary people like us.

If you can afford it, send him a little something. You can donate online here, or you can mail a check to his campaign at:

Bernie 2016
PO Box 905
Burlington, Vermont 05402

If his campaign received a couple thousand small donations via snail mail with hand written notes about your support for his campaign due to his stance on marijuana, you can guarantee that they will be paying attention.

The marijuana reform movement has been slowly gaining political credibility over the last few years, but if we could help put a candidate into the White House, there would be no doubt that 2016 will be tipping point for marijuana legalization nationwide.

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  • http://supak.com Scott Supak

    Cue the GOP whine-fest.

    • Denny

      Look at a candidate’s entire agenda, not merely the legalization issue and you may come away with an entirely different perspective.
      He may be a legalization supporter, but most of his other interests would undermine the country in short order.

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        Bullshit. Undermining the country is what your buddy GW Bush did when he lied us into a multi-trillion dollar war that maimed and killed millions and destabilized the middle east for decades to come, all while crashing the economy.

        • Bongstar420

          Yes, but he “lowered” taxes for “businesses” in addition to those “horrible” regulations…

          You see…taxes and regulations are always bad

          • familyguy

            I never noticed lower taxes in either bush administration, but I’m a middle class person not rich big wig. I did notice gas was at 4 plus a gallon, it is now at 2.25 in my area. I also notice my retirement saving were raided. At least I got some back with the current administration.

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Probably because you don’t work for a living. Bush’s tax cuts were across the board. That fact doesn’t change just because you feign ignorance.

            And, as I’m sure you know, the President doesn’t control gas prices. But if he did, The steady 3.50 prices under Obama are far more damning than the 1.50 under Bush. But you clearly wouldn’t know, being 15 and so stupid you think the government stealing your money is “giving back”.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            1.50 under Bush? Put down the crack pipe, you fucking loser. The price went down pretty low after he crashed the fucking economy. That’s no trick. But before the crash, I was paying 4.20. I even took a picture! It averaged over 3 a gallon for most of his second term.

            “Bush’s tax cuts were across the board.”

            Yeah, almost all to the rich.

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Tell us again how true prosperity lie in the government stealing everything we make, and using it to control every facet of our lives in the name of “regulation”.

        • Acidsex

          You mean the same war your buddy Hillary voted for? Selective Liberal memory. And your messiah did such a wonderful job stabilizing the Middle East, right? I mean, if he didn’t, we might have ISIS problems and Iran might be working on a nuclear weapon. Oh wait…

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            “your buddy Hillary voted for”

            My buddy is Bernie Sanders. I’ll vote for Hillary to keep another neocon warmonger out of office, since it’s one thing to lie us into a war, and another to believe the lies. BSing is worse than falling for it.

            “Selective Liberal memory”

            Oh, I remember who voted for the war. That’s why I voted for Obama. I also remember who said I was a terrorist sympathizer. People like you.

            “your messiah”

            I don’t worship anyone. We’re all human and screw up. But when it comes to the middle east, Obama’s done pretty well considering the horrific smoldering pile your boy W left.

            “ISIS problems and Iran might be working on a nuclear weapon”

            W signed the deal to leave Iraq. W fucked the whole thing up to begin with. Disbanding the Iraqi army was the most boneheaded move ever. So spare me you’re blaming Obama BS, pal. Cleaning up after a Bush is a tough job. Everyone in the middle east is working on a bomb. Even the Saudis. You know, your favorite evil regime.

            Anyone who knows their ass from a crater knows that nothing empowered Iran more than GW Bush’s Iraq war.

            And I love how you left the economy out of it.

          • Acidsex

            How about that economy? 93 million not in the workforce, nearly 50 million on food stamps. Oh, wait, you are going to tout the low unemployment numbers, right? You mean that one that does not account for those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits or have quit looking for work altogether? Or did you mean the economy where the fed printed money they pumped into the economy with the lowest interest rates that it doesn’t even make sense for someone to open a savings account? Or do you mean the economy that Senator Obama called W unpatriotic for our country having 6 trillion in debt whereas Obama now has what, 18 trillion in debt?

            For a guy who begged to be elected as President, he sure has spent a lot of his presidency blaming everyone else for the mess he “inherited”.

            And for the record, I am no fan of any Bushs but W was negotiating a leave of forces agreement when Obama took office that was handed off to his administration. Obama decided to withdraw all troops, leaving none behind. They have tried to prop up the wrong governments and this is the blowback is the direct result.

            And Bernie is horrible for this country. He sure wants to give away a bunch of free shit but you Liberals seem to forget that something free is paid for or taken from someone else–usually the rich. But many of you don’t care because many of them have nothing to start with and getting free shit from those that are actually keeping this country from going down the shithole sounds like an awesome idea.

            Only Obama would cut our military with the world in the state it is in. And it doesn’t matter about Hillary because you watch, she will be charged and disqualified from running at the direction of Obama and Biden will step in. The only reason Sanders is doing well right now is because how shitty Hillary is. Biden doesn’t come with the same baggage. And Biden is Obama’s boy– and also against cannabis legalization.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Food stamps are a lagging indicator, and pure numbers are big, but you have to look at percents. Lots of people would be in the work force if we would listen to the free markets screaming at us to invest in infrastructure, but your GOP buddies won’t spend a dime to fix the stuff that’s killing more Americans than terrorists ever have.

            When W left, GDP was negative 9%. Job losses were almost a million a month. It was the worst recession since the Great Depression, worse than the previous 4 combined.

            QE cash went right into reserves where they were paying more interest than the law said they should.

            The current debt is all Bush’s.* Even the stimulus wouldn’t have been necc if Bush hadn’t left a smoldering mess.

            “I am no fan of any Bushs”

            Sure you are. You probably voted for him twice.

            “W was negotiating a leave of forces agreement”

            Actually, it was a done deal. That was the thing he was announcing when he had to duck a shoe.

            “Obama decided to withdraw all troops, leaving none behind”

            More BS. Obama followed the agreement Bush signed. And Iraq didn’t want us there. You saying we should have re-invaded?

            “They have tried to prop up the wrong governments”

            The US govt has supported the government Iraqis elected.

            “something free is paid for or taken from someone else–usually the rich”

            The rich take from the poor. That’s how our inequality has gotten so bad. But right now, we tax the rich for subsidies to oil companies, a bloated military, and welfare for people who don’t make enough at McDonalds or Walmart. I prefer to invest in education and infrastructure.

            “free shit from those that are actually keeping this country from going down the shithole”

            10,000 Americans die every year because of crappy road conditions. If terrorists were killing that many, what would you and your buddies in the Apocalypse Now GOP borrow and spend to invade the wrong country?

            Our country is going down the shit hole because people like you won’t spend a dime to fix it. What’s the matter? Afraid Obama will get credit?

            “Only Obama would cut our military ”

            The cuts to our military are because of the sequester that the GOP happily voted for.

            As for the rest of your bullshit, take it somewhere else. I’m so sick of wingnuts like you fucking shit up and blaming the rest of us.

            Now run on over to PredictIt.org so I can take your money.

            *

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Wow, even for a Bernie nut you’re a deluded liar.

            “Everything the Dems do is everyone else’s fault! Freedom is Slavery! War is Peace! Prosperity through taxation! WAAAAH!”

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            That’s all you got? What’s the matter? Getting tired? Just have to pull some old Orwellian crap out of your pants?

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Yeah, you’re a shameless hypocrite who will never hold your messiahs to the same standard they impose on everyone else, no matter how many they murder or impoverish.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            I don’t have any Messiahs. And I certainly hold the people I elect up to scrutiny.

            But I know who’s worse, and after 8 years of Dick Cheney’s torture chambers, I’ll vote for Democrats all the fucking time if it keeps the GOP out of power.

            You, apparently, have no problem with Republicans, though… do you?

        • ThatSkepticGuy

          The same war that started moving gears under Clinton? Which most Democrat forerunners avowed for? Which Dems have been using as a straw man to distract the fact that it was their loan policies that caused the recession? The one Obama fought tooth and nail to expand, even as he was illegally waging war in nearly half a dozen other countries with his trillion dollar drones?

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Yeah, that one. The one Clinton DIDN’t lie us into. The one a majority of Democrats in congress voted against. The one the rest have apologized for. The one Willard Romney wanted to continue?

            ” their loan policies that caused the recession”

            Complete bullshit. Trying to loan minorities money to buy houses was BIPARTISAN, and it was the fraud committed by the mortgage companies that is mostly to blame. But the bigger fact is that the Wall Street crap paper that was getting stamped AAA was worth about 30 times more than the underlying mortgages.

            Further, the bubble, and the crap paper, could all have been stopped, if we didn’t have Greenspan and Bush literally mocking anyone who called it a bubble.

            Hell, if you really wanted to be accurate, the capital imbalance that started the bubble was the Committee to Save the World which, while Clinton was President, screwed up the east Asia crisis.

            Also, if Obama fought tooth and nail to expand the Iraq war, then why does he catch so much shit from your neocon buddies in the GOP for leaving?

            And, again, where is the guy you voted for? What has he done to stop the neocons you love so much that you won’t vote for the people who can actually win elections and keep them out of power?

      • stellarvoyager

        Bernie Sanders’ agenda:

        Decriminalize marijuana and be open to ending federal prohibition
        Health care for all
        Tuition-free public colleges and universities
        Paid sick leave
        Paid parental leave
        Protect social security
        $15/hour minimum wage
        Workers’ rights
        Environmental protection
        Ending middle east wars
        Pro choice
        Economic growth
        Ending child poverty in the United States
        Making sure our veterans are well taken care of

        The Republican agenda:

        Cracking down on legal cannabis, and not ruling out the use of the military for this purpose
        War with Iran on inauguration day
        Tax cuts for billionaires
        Dismantling environmental protections
        Ending health care for all
        Ending social security
        Anti-choice, even in the case of an 11 year old who was raped
        Endless war in the middle east and beyond
        Dismantling worker protections and safety standards
        Ending the minimum wage
        Curtailing programs that help our veterans
        Drug testing needy families as a condition of receiving food aid, costing the taxpayers more while increasing child poverty and hunger
        Disinvestment in roads and other infrastructure, and emergency preparedness.

        The contrast is clear, and which side would undermine the country is obvious to anybody who is paying attention: it is the GOP. Enough said.

        • Bongstar420

          But taxes and regulations are bad…especially for pot smokers

          ;)

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Yeah, we’ll all be well off once Bernie taxes 90% of our income and then tells us we can’t smoke weed to better “regulate” the government-owned health institution!

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            You have no proof that Sanders will raise anyone’s taxes to 90%, you lying sack.

        • familyguy

          Republican agenda:
          WWIII
          What else to expect every time a republican is elected war is sure to happen!

          • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

            The Republican agenda is nothing like the Obama Administration’s creation of new wars and instability in the ME. Libya.

            /sarc – in case you didn’t see it. It appears that the O foreign policy (FP) is doubling down on the Republican FP.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Bullshit. What new wars? How many dead American service men under Obama compared to Bush?

            You’ve got The Donald promising more war and listening to Bolton. Cruz. Bush. Graham. Rubio. Walker. All neocons.

            You’re just upset that Rand Paul is going to lose, and you’ll have to vote for some neocon warmonger that makes Obama look like a dirty fucking hippie.

          • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

            Well you are right. Ramping up Iraq is just a repeat of the old war. And Libya? Well of course we are not involved – yet. Except for arming the anti-Syrian “rebels”.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Ramping up Iraq? Since Paul doesn’t have a chance, you’re going to vote for someone who will REALLY ramp up Iraq, Iran, Syria… you name it. Full scale invasion with too few troops for occupation. What would President McCain have done in Libya? Oh, wait, he was friends with Kaddafi. What would Willard have done? Invade Iran? Fact is that this President is WAY more peaceful than the alternatives you vote for. And you just can’t stand that, can you?

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Your pathetic and desperate straw men don’t magically undue Obama’s wars, that he tried to expands the Iraq timeline and succeeded with Afghanistan, nor the fact that Iraq and Afghan were bipartisan affairs, no matter how hard you Regressives try to revise history.

            Fact is, Barack Obama is a bloodthirsty warmonger who has bombed de facto twice as many countries as Bush did, and you can’t fuckin’ stand it.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Bombing more countries doesn’t mean killing more people. Or torturing them. Especially after lying us into the war.

            But, again, we had TWO choices, chump. I know I voted for the one that would give me less of the shit you supposedly want less of.

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan and his expansion of the Afghanistan War, of which he has overseen 75% of all troop deaths. He also has a thing for murdering innocents with drones, like that time he ordered the bombing of a Yemeni wedding.

            Maybe you should try actually paying attention to reality. But then, if you did that, you wouldn’t harbor these delusions that after the past eight years, America would elect a psychotic socialist totalitarian so far Left he even makes bloodthirsty petty tyrant Barack Obama’s wannabe dictatorship tame by comparison.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan and his expansion of the Afghanistan War. Boots on the ground in Afghanistan are all gone now. No boots in those other places, and certainly a lot less boots on the ground than Bush left.

            And, again, our alternative was Willard the neocon Romney. Do you have any idea what people he had around him? How much Dan Senor et al wanted to invade Iran? Do you always let the perfect be the enemy of the good?

            “Maybe you should try actually paying attention to reality.”

            Maybe you should, like the reality of TWO CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT, and Republicans being much worse on all these things you supposedly care about. If you care so much about them, why do you only bitch at the people who voted for less of that shit?

        • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

          Where Bernie fails is arithmetic. If he intends to hammer business. Who is going to pay for his program?

          Promising a free lunch is easy. Delivering it is hard.

          Set the minimum wage too high and what do you get? Robots. Who collects robot pay? The people who bought them. That is NOT you.

          Minimum wage is going up. The price of robots is going down. How do you think that will work? Ask John Henry.

        • ThatSkepticGuy

          Bernie’s Platforms, the Honest Version:

          90% income tax while calling Americans greedy

          Continue the huge legacy of Obama’s role in the War on Drugs while simultaneously bitching about anti drug Repubs

          Government in charge of every facet of everyone’s life

          Put an unquestionable and unaccountable government monopoly over healthcare, Rob Americans that work to bribe votes from those who don’t, use a fraction of what you stole to provide the worst, most negligent health services imaginable

          Ditto college

          More freebies for those who obey

          Ensure that nobody dare reform or criticize the SS pyramid scheme, even as it fast approaches the point where it can no longer pay back what it stole

          Economically illiterate “living wage” snake oil that once again raises inflation, kills jobs and crushes those small businesses Democrats so despise

          Big Labor cronyism, force all workers to unionize to expand exploitation and theft

          Envirocultism and the usual Leftist anti science

          Continue Obama’s warmongering through his half dozen illegal wars and all the innocents he’s murdered with drones while simultaneously bitching about Repubs

          Stealing from Americans to fund “private” abortions, and then insisting that somehow makes you “pro choice” even though Sanders is such a totalitarian loon he even wants the government to tell us what deodorant we’re allowed to buy

          Kill the economy with more socialist idiocy, and then whine about how it’s because of Capitalism and because we don’t have a 99% income tax

          More poverty leading to higher taxes based on the lie that we can tax ourselves into prosperity like Cuba or North Korea

          Did I mention taxes? Did I mention double taxation and death taxes, both of which Bernie supports and has voted for in the past?

          “Helping” veterans by continuing to prevent people learning the full extent of neglect, abuse and corruption that gets worse with every revelation

          If we give Iran all the nukes they want, maybe they’ll stop calling us the Great Satan and stop declaring their intent to bomb the planet to fulfill their twisted 12th Imam doomsday prophecies

          Sanders’s abject totalitarianism, economic illiteracy, mental issues and mass hypocrisy and corruption are more than obvious, and only the most regressive of idiots thinks that this country needs four more years of disastrous socialist thinking. Enough said.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            All lies. You’re a piece of shit. Not one link to anything. Not one bit of truth in the whole line of Glibertarian nonsense.

            No wonder you freaks only get 1% of the vote.

          • stellarvoyager

            And he even upvotes his own comments. What a dweeb.

      • Bongstar420

        Exactly my point…your over all ideology keeps you from correct actions

        • ThatSkepticGuy

          His “ideology” makes far more sense than your outright worship of Big Government.

          After all, YOU’RE the Useful Idiot who keeps voting for Democrats that expand the drug war, surveillance state and War on Terror because they make the occasional empty promise to let you get high. #feelthebern

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            ” expand the drug war, surveillance state and War on Terror”

            That same bullshit again…. Two can play at this game…

            For president, Romney would have been worse.

            In congress:

            70% of Democrats voted against renewing the Patriot Act, only 14% of Republicans did.
            91% of Dems voted for keeping the DEA out of medicinal programs, only 22% of Republicans did.
            94% of Democrats voted to keep the feds out of pot banking, only 20% of Republicans did.

    • ThatSkepticGuy

      Cue the Regressive whining and bitching about GOP anti drug policies while simultaneously ignoring or defending the draconian anti-drug stances of their idols like Hillary, Lizzie Warren and Barack “Oversaw the DOJ that imprisoned more people for nonviolent drug crimes than all of his predecessors combined” Obama.

      Oh, but I’m sure it’ll be different THIS time. After all, it’s not like Bernie is campaigning on a platform of putting the government in control of every facet of our lives, or anything.

      Gee, whaddya think the combination of Democrat anti-drug attitudes, their need to spy on people and collect private data, and their desire for a complete government monopoly over health could possibly entail?

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        “Oversaw the DOJ that imprisoned more people for nonviolent drug crimes than all of his predecessors combined”

        That’s three times today you’ve spewed this bullshit without backing it up.

        And that’s three times you haven’t shown me that Romney would be better.

        ” it’s not like Bernie is campaigning on a platform of putting the government in control of every facet of our lives, or anything.”

        You’re right. He’s not. I addressed this bullshit above as well. But I’m thinking you don’t really care about facts.

        “Democrat anti-drug attitudes, their need to spy on people and collect private data”

        Swing and a miss. You’re out.

        70% of Democrats voted against renewing the Patriot Act, only 14% of Republicans did.
        91% of Dems voted for keeping the DEA out of medicinal programs, only 22% of Republicans did.
        94% of Democrats voted to keep the feds out of pot banking, only 20% of Republicans did.

        “government monopoly over health could possibly entail”

        Bernie and I support Medicare for all. You want to call that a monopoly, go ahead, but it’s not accurate. Like you care about accuracy. Medicare is a single payer. But lots of private entities, including drug companies, hospitals, clinics, etc all still exist and compete. The only thing we lose is an expensive and unnecessary layer of BS called insurance companies.

        Now I’m about sick of schooling you, son. Let me know when you’re coming up to call me a Nazi to my face. I’ll make sure there’s some cold beer for you.

  • ShadowSD

    Excellent article and absolutely correct.

  • familyguy

    I agree with most the posts on Mr. Sanders; however, none of the candidates either republican or democrat have expressed the view on cannabis legalization publicly. This is a great concern to the legalization movement. Although a lot of us think that this will be an issue during this election, the debate moderator or main stream media have successfully avoided the issue. Leaders of the movement need to push harder so that the candidates make their views public.

    • http://supak.com Scott Supak

      “none of the candidates either republican or democrat have expressed the view on cannabis legalization publicly”

      Yes they have. In fact, this blog had a post about it recently.

      • familyguy

        Don’t misunderstand me. So far Mr. Sanders is my favorite candidate and you may be correct that their is a post on Mr. Sander’s position on cannabis but none of the candidates that favor legalization/decriminalization of cannabis have made their position in public and in front of a major new media. The big question is when will the candidates be asked by debate moderators or the major news media where they stand on cannabis issues. Opponents to cannabis have been eager to state their position fearlessly. Not that I like it but at some point we need some assurance they will follow through with legalization or decriminalization.

        • http://supak.com Scott Supak

          Opponents of gay marriage stated their position fearlessly. We can see what that got them.

          So, yes, we need to stay in their faces. On all issues. But there is no denying that this issue, like so many others, is going to cause the GOP to either change, or lose.

          • Acidsex

            Opponents of illegal aliens stated their position fearlessly and we can see where that is getting them as well. A lot of support from both the left and the right.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Show me the level of support for deporting 11 million undocumented workers from the left.

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Your boy Bernie is staunchly anti immigration.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            You’re a liar. I provided links in the comment being held above. Just google it. He supports comprehensive reform. He supports the dream act. He supports a pathway to citizenship. There are no elected federal officials who support open borders.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            What are opponents of illegal aliens? You mean xenophobic Trump supporters? You think they’re getting a whole lot of support from the left?

            Dude, please go show off how much you know about politics. I want to take your money.

            http://predictit.org

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            As opposed to the Democrats, who will continue to ignore the fact that Barack Obama is the biggest drug warrior president this country has ever had.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            I won’t ignore the fact that you never have any facts to back up your bullshit.

            Obama is certainly not the biggest drug warrior. Were you even alive when Reagan was punching hippies?

            We had a choice between Willard “What’s Hemp?” Romney and Obama. We all know which of those two is the lesser of evils.

            You think Romney would have allowed more research, ordered more federal pot grown for the research, left states that have legalized alone, signed the bills that contained the amendments that vast majorities of Democrats voted for that keep the DEA out of medicinal programs, or allows pot banking? You think Romney would have commuted ANY sentences for drug offenders? Think Romney would be talking about treating drug addiction as a medical condition instead of a criminal one?

            Where’s your choice for President? What has he done lately to change the system?

    • Whyiowa4medical

      Martin O’Malley did deem his support of cannabis to be something he needed to repeat. Maryland has medical access, emergency access, and is set to become legal in 2015 or by election day 2016. This was HIS plan as well as a vote of the people that he passed ASAP. Iowa’s governor has promised to veto any vote of the people, any law passed by our legislature, or recommendation of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (who voted to reschedule cannabis). I have seen no threats against the will of the people in any Democratic state nor any governor refusing the will of the people.

    • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

      Rand Paul.

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        Lying scumback psuedo libertarian.

  • PlugUgly

    #FEELTHEBERN

    • ThatSkepticGuy

      What a lot of deluded Socialist pigs will be doing in a few months.

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        We will have succeeded in moving our party, and our eventual nominee, to the left in order to do some good in this country.

        What do you do? Sit around your Glibertarian Treehouse headquarters and cry on your poker chips?

  • knowa1

    How do we un entrance the prohibition industry which cost society more than $50 Billion a year and is History’s most golden cash cow. That’s a lot of high paying jobs that would vanish overnight with no replacements job other than what will come with canna prosperity. The demographics have changed and the internet has exposed the truth about cannabis prohibition. There is no where in the constitution that makes prohibition legal or is there any scientific justification for its prohibition. Maintaining prohibition is Constitutional treason

    • Bongstar420

      There is no prosperity in cheap pot. There is a lot of poor people smoking all the time though

    • familyguy

      BRAVO!

  • Bongstar420

    Ahhh…but Bernie is pro taxtion, pro regulation, and pro-middle class….and is is not pro-cheap and easy highs.

    Can we say, “would likely sign a Federal Marijuana Tax bill” even if it were “proven” totally “harmless?”

    • ThatSkepticGuy

      He’s not “pro” Middle Class, just obsessed with raising our taxes.

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        “our” taxes? You mean you and your fellow rich Glibertarian friends? Because he sure isn’t going to raise my taxes.

        But you sure do seem scared of the guy for some reason.

  • passionate cannabinoid

    On the surface of natural is the endocannabinoid system, algorithms, fractals in nature which have to equip with aconsciousness :: O the CANNABINOIDS :: what’s the point :: the boundaries on the galaxy ::

    Tacoma To Shut Down Most Of Its Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
    AH :: This reminds us of the FIRST OPIUM WAR :: With a dash of misinformation..

    It se3ems like the algorithms resolved this before Nixon and game theory ::

    iT’S difficult to recognize creation as broken

    WHAT ABOUT LOGIC AND NONSENSE ::
    Scientists find economic process for creating gold from base metals
    The FDA has an article with a statement of cannabis plant(s) being a poisonous plant ::
    I don’t consider this a blessing ::

    Miles Davis Quintet – ‘Round Midnight

    Shouldn’t there be reality tv ABOUT? :: cannabinoids :: the political race in perspective :: OH.YES ::
    Seems to be the political system is not the financial system which is the ohwee part…^.

  • jontomas

    Sanders had my vote since he declared. Clinton is a one-percenter.

    • ThatSkepticGuy

      And Sanders is as Big Government establishment as it gets.

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        You’re a lying sack.

  • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

    Bernie loves big government. Big government gave you Prohibition.

    Since when is a bigger dose of the poison a cure for poisoning?

    • Acidsex

      Socialism is always great until you run out of other people’s money.

      • http://supak.com Scott Supak

        He’s a democratic socialist. And big investments in infrastructure and education would pay off for everyone. Hell, we wouldn’t even need to raise taxes if we just stopped spending so much on the military and corporate welfare.

        • ThatSkepticGuy

          Democratic Socialism is any oxymoron, the countries that steal from people who work to give freebies to those who don’t are a mess (Hello, Greece, Sweden and Venezuela), and there’s no such thing as military or corporate welfare. In fact, you’re literally saying we wouldn’t have so many tax hikes if we just raised taxes. Typical Regressive.

          • http://supak.com Scott Supak

            Here’s a preview of my comment that’s being held, probably because I include citations to back up what I say.

            “Democratic Socialism is any oxymoron”

            No, it’s not any oxymoron. The term has been around as a political science term for a long time. It has a meaning. We use it to describe countries like:

            1 Denmark
            3 New Zealand
            5 Sweden
            6 Canada
            7 Norway
            10 Finland
            11 Netherlands
            12 Belgium

            BTW, those numbers are their rankings in the Forbes best countries to do business in list.

            Look it up, if you care about the truth, which I’m pretty certain you don’t.

            ” there’s no such thing as military or corporate welfare”

            Typical idiot Glibertarian. Where do they brainwash you people?

            Lets see…. how about I use a favorite Glibertarian think tank (CATO) as my source?

            > policymakers should find and eliminate wasteful, damaging, and unneeded programs in the federal budget. One good way to save money would be to cut subsidies to businesses. Corporate welfare in the federal budget costs taxpayers almost $100 billion a year.

            Google it. If I link to it, then you don’t get your medicine as fast.

            And Mr. DeHaven is probably underestimating. As for military welfare, well, we have weapons systems that do nothing but pad the bottom line of defense contractors. The Pentagon loses billions every year. If the money just goes off to someone who didn’t work for it, then…. by your own definition…

            Now run along, wingnut, to your 1% of the voting public.

    • http://supak.com Scott Supak

      Bernie is against prohibition. The poison is investing in war instead of infrastructure, subsidies instead of education, and prisons instead of people.

      • ThatSkepticGuy

        No, the poison is definitely Government. And Betnie doesn’t give a fuck about ending prohibition, he’s like every other Democrat who parrots empty platitudes to attract the youth vote and then wind up being the worst drug warriors, as Clinton and Obama (who has overseen the arrest of more people for marijuana use than every one of his predecessors combined) did.

        • http://supak.com Scott Supak

          You’re a liar. As mayor of Burlington, Bernie decriminalized weed. IN the 70’s.

          “who has overseen the arrest of more people for marijuana use than every one of his predecessors combined”

          You love to say shit, but you can’t back it up. It’s very telling. Show me a source. I’ll even read a Reason Magazine pile of stinking crap.

          ” the poison is definitely Government”

          You Glibertarian motherfuckers are even worse than Republicans. What would you do? Let every locality decide everything? Replace cops with your buddies with guns? Get rid of judges, trials, the whole criminal justice system, and just have your little group of local thugs decide what the laws are, who’s guilty of breaking them, and execute their asses right on the spot?

          You think that the anarchy of no government is more freedom than having our rights protected by a government? I need a government to protect me from people like you who would just let corporations cost shift their negative externalities on the rest of us. And you call that a free market? You call that fair?

          Read the Leviathan, Glibby.

          > Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time or war where every man is enemy to every man, the same is consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

  • http://gorally.co RallyApp

    The Sanders community is now one of the biggest groups on our iOS app. But this topic hasn’t been brought up – legalization activists should reach out to the undeciders on Rally about this topic. http://www.gorally.co

  • Acidsex

    If you are voting for President on one single issue, you don’t deserve to vote regardless of what party they belong to. So big deal if Sanders legalizes nationwide. We will all need to be high to deal with the repercussions that will come from his socialist agenda. T vote for Sanders because of possible legalization is just as stupid as Republicans voting for Santorum because he opposes abortion. This country needs a strong leader that wants to be President for the entire nation– not just the people who voted for him. We already have that asshole in office now.

    • http://supak.com Scott Supak

      The asshole in office who’s cleaned up the God awful mess your boy W made? Bernie is a democratic socialist. Look it up. Not the same as nationalistic socialists, like your sig heil friends who want to shoot Mexicans at the border for sport.

      “strong leader that wants to be President for the entire nation”

      Unless you oppose wars we’re being lied into. Then you’re a terrorist sympathizer. Remember? Yer either with us or against us?

      • ThatSkepticGuy

        I think he means the asshole in office who has expanded all of those policies you incorrectly lay solely at the feet of Bush.

        But then, you Regressive scumbags have made it very clear that anyone who didn’t learn to love Mideast warmongering and police state surveillance under Godemperor Obama are “racist” somehow. After all, he’s bombed twice as many countries and expanded the Patriot Act tenfold, even if you choose to delude yourself.

        While we’re at it, “Democratic Socialist” is an oxymoron, and Bernie’s totalitarian socialism combined with his abject hatred of immigration and open borders (look it up) make him a de facto National Socialist by definition.

        But then, you asshole Socialists have a renowned penchant for building walls and shooting anyone trying to enter or escape.

        • http://supak.com Scott Supak

          ” expanded all of those policies you incorrectly lay solely at the feet of Bush”

          If Obama expanded them, then they must have already existed… Like, the Patriot Act. I disagree with the President on the Patriot Act, and on the drone war. What’s interesting, though, is that you fuckers think he’s worse than Bush. Quite a stretch there, considering that Obama didn’t have Dick Cheney pulling the strings, lying us into a $2 trillion war that maimed and killed millions. Obama didn’t create the Patriot Act. And Obama didn’t ignore warnings about the biggest terrorist attack on the US in history.

          And not once did I suggest that anyone is a racist. It’s true that all the racists migrated to the Republican party after LBJ signed the civil rights act. But that doesn’t mean all Republicans, or even anyone who disagrees with Obama, is a racist. As I said, I disagree with Obama on many things–mostly those things on which he is to my right. Trade pacts, civil liberties, war…

          “Democratic Socialist” is an oxymoron

          Wrong again. The term has been around as a political science term for a long time. It has a meaning. We use it to describe countries like:

          1 Denmark
          3 New Zealand
          5 Sweden
          6 Canada
          7 Norway
          10 Finland
          11 Netherlands
          12 Belgium

          BTW, those numbers are their rankings in the Forbes best countries to do business in list.

          http://www.forbes.com/best-countries-for-business/list

          “his abject hatred of immigration and open borders”

          I don’t have to look up his record on immigration to know that you’re a fucking liar when you say he has an abject hatred of immigration.Do you support open borders? Name one elected national official who does.

          Bernie supports comprehensive immigration reform, the dream act, and a path to citizen ship.

          Don’t believe me?

          https://berniesanders.com/issues/fair-and-humane-immigration-policy/

          Or, if you prefer someone other than the horse’s mouth:

          http://www.epi.org/blog/bernie-sanders-is-correct-on-immigration/

          “But then, you asshole Socialists have a renowned penchant for building walls and shooting anyone trying to enter or escape.”

          You lie about what democratic Socialists believe in order to call us Nazis. Come call me a Nazi to my face. I’m not a chicken shit hiding behind a fake name.

          Bernie Sanders is about as far from a fucking Nazi as one can get. Here, go read the characteristics of fascism and tell come back here and call him a Nazi. And take a good look at the fucking Republicans after you read that list.

          http://www.rense.com/general37/char.htm

          When it came time to vote for a President, we had two choices. You might not like the choices, but when it comes to getting a President in this country, you have to join a coalition. I happen to be on the side that has a very large contingent of peace loving, civil liberties loving, civil RIGHTS loving progressives who are Democrats. Not all Democrats are like that, especially the ones that get elected President. Because when we run a dirty fucking hippie like Bernie Sanders as our nominee we get our asses kicked because FOR SOME FUCKING STUPID ASS REASON a bunch of people who try to sound like they hate totalitarian fascists sons of bitches vote for them anyway.

          And the other guy running was surrounded by a bunch of Cheney neocons just itching to send my kid over to Tehran–lying us into yet another land war in Asia. He wanted to put his small government in women’s uteri. He wanted all kinds of right wing, fascist, civil liberties violations that make what Obama’s doing look like child’s play.

          So who’d you vote for?

        • http://supak.com Scott Supak

          I have a comment for your ignorant lying ass in moderation. I took the F word out just for you.

          I’ll give you a preview: come up here and call me and Bernie Sanders a Nazi to my face, you liar. I don’t hide behind a fake identity like a scared little girl.

  • Scott Berry

    Check out the shirt with a marijuana leaf for Bernie https://berniegear.com/t-shirts/bernie-marijuana-leaf-tee/

    • ThatSkepticGuy

      It should say, “I voted for more government control over my life, and all I got was more of the War on Drugs”.

      That would’ve been really apropos for Barack “Biggest Drug Warrior Ever” Obama.

  • ThatSkepticGuy

    Yeah, let’s vote for the totalitarian whacko who wants the government to completely control us and steal 90% of our income because he makes the same empty platitudes about legalizing weed that every lying Democrat in service to the biggest Drug Warrior President this country has ever had does.

    Brilliant.

    • http://supak.com Scott Supak

      Glibertarian liar.

      But, hey, let’s hear your alternative… Gary Johnson? Wow, really making a difference out there with that 1% of the vote.

  • http://mealer2012.com jlmealer

    You want a candidate that backs both Industrial Hemp, cannabis legalization with home grow rights, you need to look at http://jlmealer.com (US Senate)

    Bernie talks the talk, but does not walk it… His donors are as follows (per the FEC). Sanders
    gets his money from corporate sponsors employees like the other
    candidates. The lie of no Corp sponsors seems to fool a lot of people
    and they never fact check:

    Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $105,000 $0 $105,000
    Teamsters Union $93,700 $700 $93,000
    National Education Assn $89,242 $8,242 $81,000
    United Auto Workers $79,750 $850 $78,900
    United Food & Commercial Workers Union $72,500 $0 $72,500
    Communications Workers of America $68,000 $1,500 $66,500
    Laborers Union $64,000 $0 $64,000
    Carpenters & Joiners Union $62,000 $0 $62,000
    National Assn of Letter Carriers $61,000 $0 $61,000
    American Assn for Justice $60,500 $500 $60,000
    American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $58,198 $1,200 $56,998
    Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $53,100 $100 $53,000
    United Transportation Union $48,500 $0 $48,500
    Sheet Metal Workers Union $47,000 $0 $47,000
    Operating Engineers Union $46,100 $0 $46,100
    Service Employees International Union $44,014 $5,750 $38,264
    UNITE HERE $42,875 $3,250 $39,625
    United Steelworkers $41,750 $750 $41,000
    American Postal Workers Union $37,700 $0 $37,700
    American Federation of Teachers $36,112 $745 $35,367

    Don’t be fooled.