Sanders and Clinton Offer Cannabis Clarity and Confusion

During the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, became the first major-party candidate to endorse marijuana legalization. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by contrast, stuck with a wait-and-see position, saying, “I think that we have the opportunity through the states that are pursuing recreational marijuana to find out a lot more than we know today.” But both candidates seemed confused about marijuana’s role in the war on drugs and its contribution to this country’s world-beating incarceration rate.

Asked how he would vote on the marijuana legalization initiative that will be on Nevada’s ballot next year if he lived in that state, Sanders initially said, “I suspect I would vote yes.” Apparently encouraged by the applause that reply elicited, he made his answer firmer:

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