On October 28th, 2015, Bernie Sanders became the first presidential candidate of 2016 to support removing marijuana from the US drug schedule. This would effectively end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Mr. Sanders backed up his claim for de-scheduling of marijuana with cold hard facts about the failed drug war, its racist undertones, and the effect of tarnishing millions of americans records with minor marijuana-related arrests.
This is a wonderful introduction of legalization into the public conversation among political front-runners. Hopefully, this will be a covered topic in the next democratic debates, and perhaps even the future presidential debates. It’s also a genius campaign strategy, as Bernie is positioning himself in a positive manner alongside a popular position. This type of change at the federal level would allow for the industry to safely use federally insured banks, claim proper business tax benefits, and leave most choices at the state level. Thanks Bernie, and good luck!