Will Bernie Sanders Put An End To Marijuana Prohibition?
If you haven’t been following the presidential debate, then you probably don’t live in the U.S. If you have, then you are well familiar with the candidates and their overall attitudes towards anything from welfare to medical marijuana. Among a pile of really over the top candidates, one of them stands out as radical yet at the same time reasonable. That man is Bernie Sanders. He usually comes up with some pretty great ideas but some of them might never work due to the fact that the system needs a total overhaul. However, Bernie has caught on the green wave in just the right time. He is proposing to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
Prisons Can’t Hold Everyone
The US has about 2.2 million prisoners, more so than any other country in the world. About $80 billion is being spent on incarcerations alone. It’s not only the criminal laws that need to change but drug laws as well. So, Mr. Sanders is actually proposing to completely eliminate the Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. The idea is modeled after a bill that was proposed in 2013 by Rep. Jared Polis. The bill would not only delete marijuana from the Drug Enforcements Administration’s List but also pull it out of the Controlled Substances Act. In a nutshell, this would give the states all the freedom to legalize marijuana whenever they want to. And all of this makes sense because the majority of the American public (all 58% of them) supports legalization of cannabis.
The marijuana laws were always flawed to begin with. Putting weed in the same class as heroin was ludicrous and bound to cause a number of problems both in terms of legislation and overall control of the drug. And don’t get us started on cartels and the war on drugs since that is an entirely different ballgame. The 1920’s were not that much different in that regard. Alcohol was frowned upon and the more authorities tried to prohibit it, the wider it spread. Today, we live in a world where alcohol is actually worse than marijuana so it is safe to assume that the only way to control weed would be to actually allow it.
There’s A First Time For Everything
This is also a historical moment because this is the first time that this kind of bill has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. So, what is Bernie’s motivation behind this? Is he collecting points, votes or frowns? We think he doesn’t really care at this point since his approach to the campaign has been quite honest and straightforward, much like Trump, only Bernie actually makes sense when he opens his mouth. Even though an incredible amount of research hasn’t been done so far, the scientist pretty much all agree that marijuana should be legalized as soon as possible. Needless to say, weed is now a billion dollar industry so everybody wants a piece of the pie.