Bernie Sanders says he would legalize marijuana on his first day as president

In case you were wondering how big a role marijuana will play in the upcoming political season, take a look at Democratic 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Two days before the Iowa caucus, Sanders pledged to legalize marijuana by executive order on his first day in office if elected president.

“We will end the destructive war on drugs,” Sanders said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “On my first day in office through executive order we will legalize marijuana in every state in this country.”

Sanders also called for equity in the new marijuana industry.

“We will move forward to expunge the records of those arrested for possession of marijuana,” he said. “And we will make certain that the legalized marijuana industry is not controlled by a handful of corporations, but that those people —the African-American community, the Latino community, the Native American community — those people who have suffered the most will get help in order to make money through a legalized marijuana industry.”

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, another 2020 contender, has said that attempting to legalize recreational marijuana “is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done.”

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