Senator Bernie Sanders wants to remove cannabis from the government’s list of most dangerous drugs. If his bill is passed, all 50 states will be free to decide whether they will legalize marijuana or not.
He delivered a speech on the legalization of marijuana at George Mason University. He believes that the use of marijuana should be regulated in the same manner as alcohol or tobacco.
He considers labeling marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs ridiculous. Marijuana falls under the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.
According to Democratic presidential candidate, this reform would benefit the reform of America’s criminal justice system. These changes influence changes in drug law. Currently, there are 2.2 million people in jail and the costs of their imprisonment amount to $80 billion a year.
Even though Sanders proposes the removal of marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, he considers the use of marijuana a tool of self-destruction.
Hilary Clinton did not comment on this, even though she is the party’s front-runner.
Some people believe that the Sanders’s motive for doing this is to gather support from younger members of the electorate. Results of a study revealed that 58 percent of Americans hope that marijuana will be legalized in the US.
Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have legalized buying and selling of pot. Marijuana can be used recreationally in The District of Columbia while 23 states have allowed cannabis use for medical purposes.
Although the use of marijuana is illegal under federal law across most of the US, the buying and selling pot has been legalized in four mentioned states. The District of Columbia has allowed the use of marijuana, but not the selling of the drug. Even though 23 states have legalized the cannabis use for medical purposes, the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use was rejected in Ohio.