by Rebecca Kaplan
Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation this week to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, going far beyond Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in his acceptance of the drug.
The bill – called the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act – would remove marijuana from the federal list of Schedule I drugs, defined by the Drug Enforcement Agency as the “most dangerous” substances that have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Although states would still be allowed to ban the drug, other states that have legalized it would face no barriers from the federal government.
Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. have all made the drug legal for recreational use.
The Vermont senator has tied the issue of marijuana legalization to criminal justice reform.
“I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana,” Sanders said during the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas last month. “We need to rethink our criminal justice system, we we’ve got a lot of work to do in that area.”
Source: CBS News