Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been a staunch supporter of marijuana law reform for quite a few years, preceding just about all his rivals for the nomination in terms of public assistance for legalization. His assistance has continued immediately after his loss in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, and he lately released his strategy for cannabis legalization if he ought to be elected President subsequent year.
The most effective aspect of the strategy is also the most crucial to achieve. “Under this strategy, not only will Bernie take executive action to legalize marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substance Act, he will expunge previous convictions of marijuana associated offenses, and make certain that victims of the War on Drugs are not passed more than by the burgeoning marijuana business.”
No single act would do far more to advance the result in of marijuana law reform than cannabis getting removed from the Federal Controlled Substances Schedule. In reality, there is only so far the movement can advance without the need of it.
Bernie plans on following up the executive action he’ll take in the initially 100 days of his administration by directing several agencies to begin functioning to undo some of the harm triggered by the War on Drugs and push Congress to enact legislation that will “ensure permanent legalization of marijuana”.
Other elements of Sanders’ strategy incorporate sources for expunging criminal records and assisting minority communities access capital to enter the legal cannabis business.
A single of the far more exciting components of the strategy is a concentrate on especially maintaining tobacco providers out of the cannabis business. Two of the bullet points close to the bottom of the strategy are as follows:
- Ban providers that have designed cancer-causing merchandise or are guilty of deceptive advertising and marketing.
- Ban tobacco/cigarette corporations from participating in the marijuana business.
I’m not certain what the point of these stipulations is beyond pandering and punishing a distinct business for previous transgressions. If there is a actual be concerned about providers that make hazardous merchandise getting into the cannabis business, why do the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries get a pass, for instance?
General, the strategy is heavy with government intervention in the cannabis business, which is par for the course for Sanders. Even though he talks a lot about the greed and corruption of huge corporations, he vents really tiny on the substantially far more enormous greed and corruption of the government.
Heavy regulation, “incentives” to push providers toward getting non-profit and caps on items like industry share will assure the federal government runs the legal cannabis business with a heavy hand and limits the development that the business would otherwise be capable of.
I know it appears cool for the government to limit what providers can do, but in the finish all that actually limits are the selections customers have. So though I applaud Sanders for numerous of the excellent elements of his strategy, these are restricted to him acquiring the government out of the private small business of citizens. Exactly where he then turns about and gets the government appropriate back into dictating the selections of men and women is the spot he loses me.