Sanders introduces new bill that could decriminalize marijuana

Capelli D'Angelo

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
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Last week Bernie Sanders announced his support for a new bill that would remove marijuana from the federal list of Schedule I drugs, according to CBS News.

The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] classifies these substances as the most dangerous drugs. Meaning all medical use is illegal and there is a high risk of abuse.


The new bill is called Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. It was designed to initiate a 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.

His Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has not shown nearly as much support for legal cannabis. She still claims she is not ready to take a stance on the issue.

“I think that we have the opportunity through the states that are pursuing recreational marijuana to find out a lot more than we know today,” Clinton said during the first Democratic debate.

To read more about the new bill Sanders proposes, check out the full article.