Booker-Sanders-Casey Statement on CBO Score of Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernard Sanders (D-VT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) issued the following joint statement in reaction to the preliminary cost estimate of the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act issued by the Congressional Budget Office: “We are glad to see the independent Congressional Budget Office recognize that the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Read the full article…

This Presidential Candidate Plans To Fully Legalize Marijuana

This presidential candidate wants to legalize marijuana

If you said a decade ago that marijuana would be one of the key issues that would decide our next president, I’d probably have chuckled. However, the reality is that marijuana is very much entrenched as a hot-button issue in the 2016 elections. Believe it: marijuana is a hot-button issue With the rare exception, marijuana’s Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders Files Marijuana Bill In Senate

"It's a state and a federal issue. The federal issue is that we should remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act. That's a federal decision,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders filed a Senate bill Wednesday that would allow states to decide whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana and decriminalize the drug at the federal level. It’s a sign the Democratic presidential candidate is willing to stake out a clear contrast on the issue with front-runner Hillary Clinton. While some states have Read the full article…

How Evolving Public Attitudes On Marijuana Could Affect The 2016 Presidential Race

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a town hall meeting with students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, October 28, 2015.

Pot is very much on the minds of voters, with millions poised to decide whether to legalize it. That raises a tantalizing question for presidential candidates: Is there political opportunity in the wind? Some are beginning to believe there is. The latest sign was the full-throated call last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders to end Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Is The New Gay Marriage

We liberals need a new movement that will once again put conservatives on the wrong side of history.

Now that gay marriage is legal, what’s next? We liberals need a new movement that will once again put conservatives on the wrong side of history. The LA Timesreports the answer might be marijuana: The latest sign was the full-throated call last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders to end federal prohibition. With that one move, the candidate Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders’s Not-So-Radical Marijuana Idea

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a town hall meeting with students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, October 28, 2015.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Two candidates nodded to liberalizing standards about marijuana in the United States on Wednesday—one expected, one a little more surprising. In the latter case, Senator Ted Cruz offered, during the GOP debate, to buy CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla “some famous Colorado brownies.” Meanwhile, across the country in Virginia, Senator Bernie Sanders called for the Read the full article…

Sanders Proposes Nixing Marijuana From Federal List Of Dangerous Drugs

"It's a state and a federal issue. The federal issue is that we should remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act. That's a federal decision,"

VIRGINIA: Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced his support Wednesday for removing marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs outlawed by the federal government — a move that would free states to legalize it without impediments from Washington. The self-described “democratic socialist” senator from Vermont shared his proposal during a nearly two-hour town hall meeting Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders Signals Support For Marijuana Legalization

And I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana.

Asked by CNN’s Juan Carlos Lopez whether he’d support Nevada’s 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in that state, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders answered “I suspect I would vote yes” to applause from the crowd. Sanders’ answer is significant because it marks the first time a 2016 candidate has openly declared support for legalizing recreational Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders Announces Bill To Abolish Private Prisons, Hints At Marijuana Policy Platform

The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Bernie Sanders isn’t done talking about criminal justice reform — in fact, he’s merely getting started. The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base. Appearing at a campaign rally in Nevada on Tuesday, the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Read the full article…