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"We've got to have the guts to rethink the so-called 'War on Drugs'": Bernie renews call to legalize pot at debate

"Too many lives have been destroyed because people have possessed marijuana," Sanders said


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 15, 2016 6:50AM (UTC)

During Thursday night's Democratic debate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders launched into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for supporting the omnibus crime bill her husband passed in the 1990s, especially the parts of it that related to drug sentencing.

"I tell you what I think," Sanders said, "we've got to have the guts to rethink the so-called 'War on Drugs.' Too many lives have been destroyed because people have possessed marijuana."

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"Millions," he added, "which is why I believe we should take marijuana out of the federal controlled substance act."

Hillary Clinton replied that "we recognize that we have a set of problems that we cannot ignore and must address," but instead of addressing the issue of the crime bill her husband shepherded into law, she began to discuss early childhood education.

Watch Sanders’ speech here:

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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