Citizens throughout Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska had to work together to vote and pass the legalization of marijuana, but Bernie Sanders is now introducing a bill that would legalize marijuana federally, removing any ban and fear of repercussions for all states. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove cannabis from the DEA's most dangerous drug catergory, schedule 1, and end the threat of imprisonment for those who choose to use a safer drug. If they choose to do so, states will still be able to ban the drug.
"I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana," Sanders said during the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas last month.