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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Legalizing marijuana has long been part of Bernie Sanders' policy platform: The Democratic presidential candidate has called for an end to the "destructive 'war on drugs" as part of his racial justice and criminal justice reform policies -- along with eliminating private prisons, the death penalty, cash bail and mandatory minimum sentencing. But in a recent interview, Sanders got specific, pledging to legalize marijuana by executive order.

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"Other Democratic candidates have agreed with Sanders, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, all of whom have signaled their intention to legalize pot and expunge criminal records for marijuana convictions.

Despite being a proponent of the war on drugs throughout his Senate career, current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden supports decriminalization and has said "nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana." But he opposes full legalization.

"Biden's views are far out of step with the American public and he holds the worst record on cannabis related policy of any individual currently running for the Democratic or Republican nomination," said Erik Altieri, executive director of the marijuana reform organization NORML, in a statement to Rolling Stone."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-08-07 11:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can't happen soon enough. End prohibition and fire the DEA and hire health care workers instead.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-08-08 01:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

E.O. is useless as the next POTUS can just overturn it.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-08-08 08:25 AM | Reply

I support this from a policy standpoint but it would be unconstitutional to do this by E.O.

He can't override a law that is already on the books.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-08 09:39 AM | Reply

BS Jeff. We've had Presidents use EO's to violate our laws (illegal immigrants). And, Nixon, that's not true either. The next president can't just magically make the prior EO go away. Seems the courts think EO's have power and so we're stuck with it (um, illegal immigrants).

#5 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-08-08 10:10 AM | Reply

Petrous,

E.O.'s aren't necessarily unconstitutional. During his first 100 days Clinton put out a blizzard of them and they all, or mostly all, fell under the purview of the Executive.

An E.O. cannot overturn existing law and this is exactly what Sanders is promising he will do.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-08 10:30 AM | Reply

I voted for Obama in 2008 because I thought, among other things, the choomganger would significantly downsize the drug war. All I got was a lousy t-shirt.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-08 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I support this from a policy standpoint but it would be unconstitutional to do this by E.O.

#4 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2019-08-08 09:39 AM | REPLY

There is a mechanism to do it. The President can order the DOJ to pursue rescheduling of cannabis. Obama was criticized, heavily, for not doing this.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-08 11:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Currently marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, alongside MDMA, LSD, non-pharma opiates (heroin), etc.

and it's not DOJ, sorry, DEA/FDA has power to determine where drugs are scheduled. They can move it down to a 5 and make it an OTC drug.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-08 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's a shoo-in now!

If the pot heads remember to vote.

#10 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-08-08 05:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#7 - Just for you, Nulli

Bill Hicks on Presidential elections

#11 | Posted by hoser at 2019-08-08 10:10 PM | Reply

"E.O. is useless as the next POTUS can just overturn it."

Very unlikely that the next President would do that, it would be political suicide. An EO would be a good way to do it because it would allow the ultraconservatives to get a pass on the decision when they face their constituents. Ending the prohibition on drugs would take away much of the power of the cartels, gangs, and anyone else involved in the drug trade. When they ended the prohibition on alcohol it undermined the power of the gangsters, well until they got the drug industry up and running.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-10 09:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good job, Bernie ~

#13 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-10 10:56 AM | Reply

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