Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday he supports removing marijuana from the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs.
Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That’s wrong. That has got to change,” Sanders said in a speech at George Mason University, citing a recent FBI report that noted someone is arrested on marijuana charges every minute in United States.
Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, the most restrictive designation, reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use.”
Sanders’ Democratic rival for the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, has said she would like to see how legalization works out in states like Colorado and Washington (“laboratories of democracy,” as she called them) before she takes a position on what should happen at the federal level. [Read more at Rolling Stone]