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Bernie Sanders Plan to Deschedule Marijuana Earns Support of Former Surgeon General

News Posted Feb 16 2016

Several presidential candidates have stated support for medical marijuana, but only Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to end the federal ban of pot. Despite not having any other sponsor in the Senate, the bill recently gained support from former Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders. Last week in an interview with Marijuana Politics, Elders reminds us that neither cigarettes or alcohol are controlled substances. She would like to see marijuana removed from the Controlled Substances Act and studied instead. During her time as surgeon general she supported the idea of the legalization of drugs to reduce crime. 

“I certainly would support” it, Dr. Elders told Marijuana Politics on Saturday. “You know, we don’t have cigarettes [in the Controlled Substances Act]. We don’t have alcohol on it,” she added, “So I think that marijuana should be removed and studied and looked at.” Dr. Joycelyn Elders was in San Francisco for the International Cannabis Business Conference where she delivered a keynote address on marijuana reform

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