Bernie Sanders Co-Sponsors the Marijuana Justice ActDave SchmaderApril 19, 2018
“The bottom line is we need to rethink fundamentally our attitude toward marijuana.”Sen. Bernie Sanders
“Prohibition didn’t work in the 1920s. It’s not going to work now,” said Sanders, announcing his co-sponsorship in a Facebook Live chat with Cory Booker. “The bottom line is we need to rethink fundamentally our attitude toward marijuana.”
Sanders’ support of the legislation drew praise from cannabis activists. “Leaders in the Democratic Party are increasingly recognizing that leading the charge on legalization is not only good policy, but good politics,” said NORML’s Justin Strekal in a statement. “The constituencies which the party claims to stand for are the ones who have most felt the weight and lifelong consequences of marijuana criminalization.”
Sanders’ co-sponsorship of the MJA is but one of today’s big federal actions on cannabis. While Bernie was chatting on Facebook Live, Sen. Chuck Schumer was prepping his legislation to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. Stay tuned for everything.