Sanders Tells Jimmy Kimmel He’s Open to Marijuana Legalization
Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday. Sanders expressed his willingness to legalize recreational marijuana.
“We have more people in jail today than any other country on Earth,” the independent Vermont senator said during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“We have large numbers of lives who have been destroyed because of this war on drugs,” he continued. “I think we have got to end the war on drugs.”
Sanders highlighted Colorado as a successful example of a state that legalized marijuana without any issues.
“I am not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana,” Sanders said.
The Hill reports:
Sanders has previously hinted his support for legalized pot.
“I suspect I would vote yes,” Sanders said during the first Democratic presidential debate last week when asked if he would vote for a recreational pot measure on the ballot next year in Nevada.
Hillary Clinton, the front-runner in the Democratic race, was noncommittal on the idea of recreational pot, saying that states should continue to find out more about the issue.
Kimmel also asked Sanders whether he believes in God.
“I am who I am, and what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together,” Sanders, who is Jewish, said, before remarking on income inequality.
“We do best as human beings, we fulfill our lives, when we work together rather than say, ‘Hey, I want it all, and I don’t care about the hungry kid down the street.’”
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