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Bernie Sanders Vows to Legalize Marijuana (If Elected President)

  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just released his plan to legalize marijuana within his first 100 days in office (should he be elected president). He’s vowed to use executive powers to make it happen. Sanders would limit the industry’s size and scope, Vox reported. In the plan, Sanders notes that the attorney general would be instructed to declassify marijuana, completely removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Congress would be pressured to permanently legalize marijuana. His plan also includes expunging previous marijuana convictions. A clemency board would be formed to expunge certain federal convictions and provide some with “early relief.” Marijuana tax revenues would be used to create a $20 billion grant program for persons of color that are discriminated against...

National Support for Marijuana Legalization Is at 66%

For the last year, support for legalizing marijuana in the U.S. has remained at 66%. That stability comes from a 30% increase between 2005 and 2018. Factors like gender, income, region, residency type or education don’t seem to make any kind of meaningful difference in support for marijuana legalization, Gallup said. Where things do start to vary is age, generation, race, religion and politics. “Americans have rapidly shifted to backing legal marijuana in the past decade after consistently expressing opposition for 40 years,” Gallup’s site says. “It appears the increases in support have halted for the time being, with no change in the percentage favoring legalization over the past year. However, given generational differences in support for legalizing marijuana use, it is likely the percen...

Michael J. Fox’s Foundation Supports Rescheduling Cannabis

Actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), is supporting the rescheduling of cannabis to lift the barriers for medical professionals to research the health benefits of cannabis. “The MJFF supports increased access to cannabis for medical research,” says the MJFF website. “Congress has begun to recognize this need, and there are several bills in the U.S. House and Senate designed to remove barriers that impede safe and legal access to cannabis by medical researchers. The MJFF public policy team is tracking these bills and working to educate members of Congress and their staff on their importance to the Parkinson’s community.” The MJFF believes that more research into marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) could lead to trea...