Wisconsin: Bernie Sanders Says Marijuana Should Not Be A Federal Crime
By Steve Elliott
Campaigning for President in liberal Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) defended marijuana, saying it should not be a federal crime.
Sanders criticized the American War On Drugs, saying that millions of lives have been "ruined" because they got a police record, and sometimes prison sentences, for possessing marijuana, reports Tom Kertscher at Politifact.
"Today, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is listed in the same Schedule I as heroin," Sanders said. "That is nuts."
"Now people can argue -- although I suspect in this audience, there may not be much of an argument -- about the pluses and minuses of marijuana," Sanders said, drawing cheers from the crowd of thousands at the Alliant Energy Center. "But everybody knows marijuana is not a killer drug like heroin."
Sanders then pointed out he's introduced legislation which would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act -- as in DEscheduling cannabis, not REscheduling it. (Merely moving marijuana to Schedule II would effectively hand over its control to Big Pharma.)
A week after Sanders’ speech, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide by July 2016 whether to change the federal status of marijuana.
On the federal government's wacky "Schedule of Controlled Substances," marijuana is officially considered more dangerous than cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, oxycontin, and fentanyl, all of which are considered Schedule II, since they have officially accepted medical uses.
You see, the feds have their heads so far up their heinies that they haven't yet admitted that cannabis is healing medicine, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of lives are changed every year by this beneficent herb.
Photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders: NBC News