Politician Info

Senator Bernie Sanders supports the legalization of marijuana nationwide, full record expungement of those who have been harmed, and creating an industry that allows participation and ownership by those from the communities hardest hit by criminalization. 

He was the first Senator in U.S. history to introduce a bill to end marijuana prohibition. 

You can read his full plan at https://berniesanders.com/issues/legalizing-marijuana/

Holds office U.S. Senate

Candidate in race for U.S. Senate on Friday, September 13, 2024

Position on Marijuana Legalization
Supports ending the War on Drugs as a criminal justice reform issue. Lives are destroyed when people are arrested for simple possession and have lifelong criminal records. Link

Sponsored Legislation

S.2237: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015 (2015-16)

Co-sponsored Legislation

S.1552 - Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act

S.597 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2019

S.1200 - Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019


Senator Sanders tweeted:

"Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records from having used marijuana. That's wrong and it's got to change. Let's legalize marijuana, expunge prior convictions, and end the failed War on Drugs once and for all." (4/20/22)

"I think that for a lot of reasons, we should make marijuana legal in every state in this country. And we are moving actually in that direction state by state. The federal government can, and should, play a role in that process.” (10/12/22)

"When I was mayor of the town of Burlington [Vermont]," the Senator told Katie Couric last year, "which has a large university, and one or two of the kids were smoking marijuana, we suspect, we didn't arrest too many people for marijuana." But he himself doesn't partake. In the same interview he joked about being "the only person who didn't get high in the Sixties" before clarifying: "I smoked marijuana twice, and it didn't quite work for me. It's not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people."

Contact Bernie Sanders

Email: info@BernieSanders.com

Web: https://berniesanders.com/

Phone: 202-224-5141


332 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

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