Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will announce this evening that he supports completely removing cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances, effectively ending cannabis prohibition throughout the nation. The announcement will come during a speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, which will begin at 7pm EDT.
“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders will say at the event, according to a press release we received from Sander’s campaign. “That’s wrong. That has got to change.”
During the last Democratic presidential debate, Sanders became the first major-party presidential candidate to express support for legalizing cannabis. With this announcement, Sanders becomes the first candidate to call for a complete removal of cannabis as a controlled substance.