This post was last updated on September 12th, 2019 at 01:41 pm
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders and his bids to legalize marijuana, which have been the focal point of his policies, were once again highlighted on Sunday. The Presidential candidate taking a dig at ” destructive war on drugs” said, the nation must expunge past marijuana convictions and ensure that the revenue earned by legalizing marijuana is invested wisely in communities, most impacted from the use of drugs.
The opioid epidemic in the US has already been on the spread, and Sanders also plans to bring about a transitional shift in that department. It is already known that the use of drugs in the US has continuously increased in the past two decades; causing thousands of deaths. Even more perilous is the use of Schedule 1 drugs, predominantly fentanyl, which is about 50 times stronger than heroine.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate also plans to moderate the grip of buprenorphine, a drug used in the treatment of heroin addition, as well as license safe injection sites- a place where people can use drugs like heroin in a safe environment.
“Today we are releasing a criminal justice plan that will reform every aspect of America’s racist, dysfunctional criminal justice system,” Sanders said in a campaign email blast that prompts recipients to sign a petition in support of the plan. “That includes ending mass incarceration, changing the way we police our communities, providing resources for victims of crime, ending cycles of violence, and more.”
His plan also reads banning cash bail, solitary confinement, eradicating death penalty, working with other US states to avoid overdose of drugs, and a promise that the attorney general will launch a probe into each happening where a person is killed in police custody.
“When Bernie is president, we will finally make the deep and structural investments to rebuild the communities that mass incarceration continues to decimate,” his campaign website states.
The strong message from Bernie Sanders on drug related activities has certainly pushed a lot of people to believe in his ability. Consequently, in his quest to legalize or decriminalize substances, an independent clemency working without intervention of the Department of Justice is also highly likely to come up, if he becomes the President.