Bernie Sanders indicated he would support the legalization of recreational marijuana at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. His answer marked the first time a 2016 candidate has openly supported legalizing recreational marijuana, according to The Washington Post.
When asked whether he would support Nevada’s 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, he said, “I suspect I would vote yes.” Earlier this year, Sanders said he supports marijuana decriminalization, as well as medical marijuana, the article notes.
Sanders said he would vote yes on the Nevada measure “because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana.”