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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to announce his support for ending the federal prohibition of marijuana, the Washington Post's John Wagner and Christopher Ingraham reported.

    Sanders's plan, according to the Post, would remove marijuana from the federal government's drug schedules, much in the same way alcohol and tobacco are exempted today. This would not legalize marijuana nationwide, but it would allow states to legalize and regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol and tobacco without worrying about federal interference. In legal terms, it means the federal government would no longer consider marijuana a dangerous drug worthy of strict regulation.

    Although the Obama administration has largely remained out of the way of states like Colorado and Washington after they legalized cannabis, federal law still makes it difficult for researchers to study marijuana and for pot businesses to, for example, use banking services and file for tax deductions available to other businesses. And since the Obama administration's actions are based on executive decisions, they could be overturned by, for instance, a Marco Rubio administration.

    Sanders wants to entirely remove federal restrictions on pot, according to the Post. Other Democrats and some Republicans running for president support letting states legalize, but not removing pot from the schedules entirely.

    But it's unlikely Sanders could get this done. Although a recent Gallup poll found 58 percent of Americans support legalization, most of Congress opposes the idea — and entirely removing marijuana from the schedules would likely require action from a Republican-controlled Congress. It could also place the US in violation of international treaties that require participants to prohibit certain drugs for nonmedical uses.

    Still, Sanders's position is a first for the 2016 presidential candidates. He had already hinted at his support for cause. With this move, Sanders establishes that he's the real deal when it comes to marijuana.

    By German Lopez - Vox/Oct. 28, 2015
    Photo: Rolling Stone
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Re: Bernie Sanders Wants the Federal Government to Stop Classifying Pot as "Dangerous

    This is a smart move that he, as a populist, should have done long ago.
  2. Alfa
    Re: Bernie Sanders Wants the Federal Government to Stop Classifying Pot as "Dangerous

    The Canadian elections prove that legalization can have a strong influence on election outcome. Someone who strongly voices his legalization intentions will have a good chance.
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