Bernie Sanders was on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show last night, and the topic of marijuana was brought up. Bernie Sanders was recently specifically asked about Nevada’s marijuana legalization initiative during the first Democrat debate, to which he answered that he would vote for it. Jimmy Kimmel asked a more broad question, asking if Bernie supported marijuana legalization. Bernie had the following to say, via the Washington Post:
The senator from Vermont, who is competing against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination, said he wants to learn from the experiences of Colorado and other states that have legalized recreational pot use.
But, Sanders said: “I am not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana.”
“We have more people in jail today than any other country on earth,” Sanders told Kimmel. “We have large numbers of lives that have been destroyed because of this war on drugs, and because people were caught smoking marijuana and so forth. I think we have got to end the war on drugs.”
Bernie Sanders had hinted at releasing a full marijuana policy position, but has yet to do so. But everyone wants to know his exact thoughts on the idea, so he seems to be answering questions about it more and more. We want details! There are many people out there that say yes, I support marijuana legalization. But when it gets to the details, they are less receptive to the idea. Details matter.
Yesterday Bernie Sanders introduced a hemp bill to Congress, which left many activist wanting more. I think that he still has much more to say about this topic, but wants to have a serious discussion about it, and doesn’t want people to discredit the conversation until after he has laid more groundwork and makes it harder for people to dismiss the issue. Below is video footage of the exchange between Bernie and Jimmy Kimmel.