Bernie Sanders promises to legalize weed and fast

Published Feb 22, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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Bernie Sanders sees the legalization of weed being initiated on his first day in office, and eventually, marijuana will be legalized in each state. He promises to give control of the pot industry to the disproportionate minority communities that have suffered from the war on drugs. Criminal records will be expunged for those that have been arrested for marijuana possession, and Bernie Sanders 2020 adamantly states he and his government will make sure that a handful of corporations does not control the cannabis industry.

Federal marijuana legalization falls under the federal Controlled Substances Act.  The status can only be changed by congress. Bernie plans to use an executive office action for implementing the removal of marijuana from the CSA. Currently, the U.S. has international treaties that view cannabis commerce as illegal. The federally regulated banking prohibitions have hindered the business with cannabis firms such as Curaleaf or Acreage Holdings, to name a few. This position forced the U.S. to look at Canada for its stock offerings.

Bernie Sanders acknowledges that the criminalization of cannabis was a huge mistake. This move primarily impacted the communities of colour. Along with the expunging, the surety that the funds collected from tax revenues would be generated back into the communities that are hardest hit by the devastating war on drugs, like the African American people and other communities of colour.

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Bernie Sanders news states the tax revenue generated from the legal marijuana sales will:

  • Create a $10 billion grant program to focus on the cannabis businesses owned or controlled by 51% disproportionately affected, or those that have been convicted or arrested for cannabis offenses.
  • Provide resources and training for the formerly incarcerated sector to enable the start-up of their businesses. Free marijuana programs at trade schools will be offered to lead to apprenticeship programs for marijuana-related companies.
  • The promotion will be given to cannabis non-profits to help ensure that the Big Tobacco is not included in the rise of the green U.S. of A. cannabis industry.

Now, let's have a look at who Bernie Sanders is:

  • Member of the Democratic caucus serves as an independent in the Senate
  • U.S. Senator from Vermont (2007 – present)
  • Mayor of Burlington (1981 – 1989)
  • 78 years old, married, father
  • Second try for the coveted top prize, Commander in Chief
  • The longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history

More than twenty years ago, Sanders signed onto legislation that would see the rescheduling of cannabis and also protect those states that have legal, medical marijuana. Mr. Bernie Sanders backed bills to help shield banks from being federally prosecuted if they choose to do business with cannabis business accounts in legal states. Veterans have a bill that Sanders cosponsored and would legalize medical cannabis use for veterans of the military.

So, does day one of the countdown to marijuana legalization, presuming that Bernie Sanders is elected President of the United States count as day one of the first 100 promises? November 3, 2020, could be a memorable 420, not just for the United States of America but for the lives of the entire world.

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