Bernie Sanders is pushing for the descheduling of marijuana after introducing a bill to end prohibition in November 2015. But he’s having trouble finding support from fellow politicians and currently has no co-sponsors for the bill, but he did recently gain support from former Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders, reports 420 Intel. Sanders has also expressed that he plans to introduce a bill to end the federal ban on marijuana, completely descheduling it.
Sanders has stated his support for marijuana legalization on numerous occasions: “In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern the sale of alcohol and tobacco. And among other things, that means that recognized businesses in states that have legalized marijuana should be fully able to use the banking system without fear of federal prosecution.”
Republican Rand Paul supports nationwide legal medical marijuana but is opposed to the full legalization of recreational marijuana. Hillary Clinton has a conservative approach by claiming that she supports rescheduling of marijuana to a schedule II drug, but is not in support of legalization.
Dr. Elders said, “I certainly would support it. You know, we don’t have cigarettes [in the Controlled Substances Act]. We don’t have alcohol on it. So I think that marijuana should be removed and studied and looked at.”
Sanders said in one statement, in January 2016, that, “Any serious criminal justice reform must include removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.”
As political opponents voice their opinions on Sanders’ bill, he continues to fire right back, continually expressing his support for descheduling marijuana.