Bernie Sanders Calls For Marijuana Legalization In Senate Floor Speech On Policing Reform

Bernie Sanders Calls For Marijuana Legalization In Senate Floor Speech On Policing Reform

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Wednesday that Congress should federally legalize marijuana as another step toward enacting policing reform and addressing racial injustices. During a speech on the Senate floor, Sanders discussed a wide range of changes that he feels should be implemented to policing and criminal justice policies. The former presidential candidate is one of several policymakers who have recently argued that ending the criminalization of cannabis could mitigate unnecessary law enforcement interactions amidst growing outrage about police killings of black people. “Finally, and certainly not least importantly, we need to legalize marijuana,” he said toward the end of a nearly 25-minute address. “In the midst of the many crises we face as a country, it is absurd that, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is at Schedule I, along with killer drugs like heroin.” Watch Sanders discuss cannabis policy as part of policing reform in the video below:  “State after state have moved to legalize marijuana, and it is time for the federal government to do the same,” he added. “When we talk about police department reform, we must end police officers continuing to arrest, search or jail the people of our country, predominantly people of color, for using marijuana.” The senator made similar points during a virtual town hall event with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) last week. Along similar lines Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) argued during a House Judiciary Committee markup of policing reform legislation on Wednesday that these policy changes should be coupled with…

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