Since the Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders’s star has fallen a little. Hillary Clinton has slipped ahead in polls and the media attention the Sanders campaign once attracted has waned. Yet, one benefit that Sanders has over Clinton is that he’s a sitting U.S. Senator and is able to combine campaign rhetoric with actual policy proposals.
Thus, Sanders has proposed a bill in the Senate that would pave the way to pot legalization across the country.
“The new bill, formally titled the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015, or EFMPA, would strike any mention of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which famously places marijuana alongside other Schedule 1 drugs like heroin—the ostensibly scary narcotics deemed to have no possible medical use,” VICE reports. States would then be able to set their own laws regarding marijuana and its use, no longer fearing interference from the federal government on this issue.
It seems unlikely that the bill was pass or even make it out of committee. An earlier effort by Democratic Senators Corey Booker and Kristen Gillibrand and Republican Senator Rand Paul, called the CARERS Act was introduced earlier this year where it’s languished in committee since March. However, unlike Sanders’s more sweeping measure, this bill simply focused on medical marijuana.
It also seems that the Sanders campaign has decided to hedge its comments on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. While in the debate Sanders pretty emphatically came to her defense, he apparently is perfectly fine with her being under investigation.
“There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’ That’s silly… Let the investigation proceed unimpeded,” Sanders told The Wall Street Journal.
This is a little different than his earlier answers to questions like that, which were simply to refuse to engage.
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