During the Democratic presidential debate last night in Las Vegas, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took a pro-marijuana stance when asked if he’d vote in favor of a local Nevada ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in 2016.
“I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for nonviolent offenses,” said Sanders. “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.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to somewhat agree with marijuana being used for medicinal purposes, but won’t even answer questions regarding recreational marijuana. Last night during the debate when she asked if she was ready to take a position on the legalization of recreational marijuana use for adults, she replied, “No.”
Anderson Cooper, the Democratic presidential debate’s moderator, even joked about marijuana as a segue just before a commercial break, stating that, “Some of the candidates have tried marijuana, as has probably everybody in this room.”