Bernie Sanders Says He'd Legalize Pot by Executive Order
Several years ago, Bernie Sanders became the first major presidential candidate to declare he would legalize marijuana. Now Bernie’s back and, this time, we’re learning how he might do it.
Sanders recently went on the Joe Rogan podcast to discuss his plans for cannabis legalization. One of the most interesting things he told Rogan is that he would take executive action on pot without consent from Congress. That could open up a whole can of legal and political worms.
In addition, as Forbes' Mona Zhang reports, the process of legalizing cannabis through executive order would be somewhat complex.
"The president would have to use the order to direct his Attorney General to start the process, [and] the Attorney General then makes the request to the Department of Health and Human Services to undergo a review on whether or not the substance belongs on the list of scheduled substances," said Erik Altieri, executive director of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a cannabis advocacy group.
"After that review, the department would then report their findings back to the Attorney General who makes the final decision."
Sanders is trying to differentiate himself in a field that is far more pro-cannabis than in elections past. Nearly every Democratic candidate supports either legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis.
One thing is for certain: on marijuana, Sanders was ahead of the curve.