Politician Info

Holds office Senate

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. 134: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (2015-16)

S.1152 - SAFE Banking Act (2017-2018)

S. 1726: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 (2015-16)

S.1689 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

S.3174 - Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act (2017-2018)


"Sanders said he supported medical marijuana use, and admitted to smoking pot when he was younger. He expressed some concerns about legalizing pot for recreational users, but is on board with medical uses. The war on drugs, Sanders told Time, has put a lot of non-violent offenders in jail, while not focusing enough resources on the epidemic of heroin use and other such dangerous drugs.

I have real concerns about implications of the war on drugs. We have been engaged in it for decades now with a huge cost and the destruction of a whole lot of lives of people who were never involved in any violent activities."

""We can argue about the science and the pluses and minuses about marijuana, but everybody knows marijuana is not a killer drug like heroin," Sanders said, to cheers from supporters. It should not be a federal crime."

"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: bernie@bernie.org

Web: sanders.senate.gov

Phone: (202) 224-5141


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