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Sanders Offers Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Bernie Sanders doesn’t hide the fact that he supports the legalization of marijuana.

On Wednesday, he introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, which accomplishes exactly what its name suggests.

“We need major changes in our criminal justice system — including changes in drug laws,” Sanders told students at Virginia’s George Mason University last week. “Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

The Hill reports:

Another bill backed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would legalize medical marijuana. Other pieces of legislation would address the tax status and give banking access to marijuana businesses.

But this is the first Senate bill to propose entirely ending the federal prohibition on marijuana.

“A growing majority of Americans want states to be able to enact their own marijuana laws without harassment from the DEA, and lawmakers should listen,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.

“Sen. Sanders is simply proposing that we treat marijuana similarly to how we treat alcohol at the federal level, leaving most of the details to the states,” added Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project.

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