Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced a bill on Nov. 4 that would end the federal ban on marijuana (video below).
Sanders, who is running for president as a Democrat, would not automatically legalize marijuana with his bill, but rather allow each state to make its own law, reports The Guardian.
Some states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, but the federal law still trumps state laws.
During a speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on Oct. 28, Sanders called for an end to the federal prohibition on marijuana, reported NBC News:
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Right now, marijuana is listed by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that it is considered to be as dangerous as heroin. That is absurd.
In my view, the time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana.
In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern the sale of alcohol and tobacco.
According to a Gallup poll released on Oct. 21, 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana.