U.S. Presidential candidate introduces bill to legalize marijuana

U.S Presidential hopeful introduces a Senate bill today that would legalize recreational marijuana use in America.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders introduced the 'Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act in the U.S.' Senate—a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration's list of "most dangerous drugs" and from the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates the manufacture, possession and use of certain drugs, according to The Huffington Post.

"Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use," Sanders said last week at George Mason University. "That’s wrong. That has got to change."

This is the first Senate bill ever to propose completely legalizing recreational marijuana in the U.S.

Realistically, it's unlikely the bill will pass, but it's a notable move from Sanders, who has continually endorsed the need for drug reform in America during his presidential campaign.

Recreational marijuana is currently legal in some places in America like Washington state, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and Washington, D.C., but is still illegal under federal law.


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