Thousands of college-aged fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders didn’t watch the Republican debate from Boulder, or the first game of the World Series. Instead they heard the presidential candidate call the scheduling of cannabis on schedule 1 “absurd”, and leading to the arrest of one American per minute for an MJ offense. About 250 college campuses—and individuals— were able to live stream the event in which Sanders also talked about pay equity, climate change and student loan reform.
“Time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition” said Sanders who added that states should be allowed to set their own policies for MMJ and RMJ rules for use.
Sources said that Sanders’ office is crafting a Senate bill calling for national decriminalization of marijuana, as a stop gap while waiting to deal with de-scheduling, and the wait for more comprehensive action such as that set forth in Senate 266, the CARERS Act.
Speaking at George Mason University in Virginia, Sanders also blasted the pharma industry for refusing to allow generic drugs to gain traction and lower health care costs. As for incarceration, Sanders said it cost $89 billion per year to jail Americans, many with older marijuana convictions.
The Oct. 28 full bore call for decrim followed Sanders support Nevada’s 2016 legalizing vote at the Vegas Demo debate. Gov. Martin O’Malley says he supports moving MJ to sked 2 while Hillary Clinton has made no position except to support MMJ use, and for more data to be examined coming from Colorado and Washington. Watch the video below.