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Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes Pulling Feds Out of Marijuana Regulation Entirely

Leave it to the states, he says.

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"Have you ever looked at your hands? I mean, REALLY looked at your hands?"
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Sen. Bernie Sanders is apparently not without a level of media savvy. As Republican candidates kick off a debate in Colorado, a state that has very notably legalized marijuana use (we don't know as yet if it will come up in the debate itself), Sanders is getting press proposing a radical (to non-libertarians) new federal marijuana policy.

At a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Virginia that was streamed out to hundreds of colleges, Sanders proposed yanking marijuana completely off the federal list of controlled substances. Gone. It would essentially make marijuana policy a state-level issue. From the Washington Post:

"Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use," Sanders told the crowd, which erupted with applause. "That's wrong. That has got to change."

No other presidential candidate has called for marijuana to be completely removed from the schedule of controlled substances regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. …

Sanders's plan would not automatically make marijuana legal nationwide, but states would be allowed to regulate the drug in the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco. And people who use marijuana in states that legalize it would no longer be at risk of federal prosecution.

His plan would also allow marijuana businesses currently operating in states that have legalized it to use banking services and apply for tax deductions that are currently unavailable to them under federal law.

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15 responses to “Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes Pulling Feds Out of Marijuana Regulation Entirely

  1. he’s still Bernie. Polishing a turd does not change what it is. One small step toward liberty, offset by several giant leaps of expanded state power. Maybe he thinks weed will help take the edge off those paying attention.

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  2. Well at least when we’re relegated to the devastation his socialist utopia will bring at least we’ll have something to take the edge off.

    1. I suspect that his idea of regulation free marijuana is the same as Jerry Rubin’s: Free in drug stores, checked by the FDA, etc.

      1. And the Reason editors will proclaim “marijuana legalized nation wide!”

  3. You know what they say about broken clocks and all that.

  4. What’s the difference? Clearly he’s not serious about wanting to be prez, since he said he didn’t think Hillary’s e-mails at State were an important issue.

    1. As his stripe said in Germany in the early 20th century, first brown then red.

  5. And redeploying Federal Regulators in every other aspect of our lives.

  6. I love it when politicians compete by emphasizing liberty. Even if it’s a sham from a statist, it’s still pretty amazing. Maybe it’ll catch on.

  7. I’m surprised he’s not pushing the “legalize it, then regulate it and tax it” line. What good is decriminalizing marijuana if you can’t get some tax money out of it? I imagine the top 1% of marijuana growers have captured the top 20% of agricultural growth, or something.

  8. Doesn’t matter. Even if most Americans think that weed should be legal, they believe even more that the government should tell them when to take a piss. If they ever had to decide anything on their own, they couldn’t, they’d just shit their red skinny jeans and ask permission to change their shitty pants. Bunch of fucking pussies.

  9. Oh my how times have changed! Politicians used to go after votes by calling for stronger penalties for pot and drugs.

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