At a rally today in Michigan, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had a lot to say about marijuana.
In his speech, he openly admitted to having smoked marijuana. In fact, he told the crowd that he’d tried smoking pot twice in his life.
So how did the presidential hopeful like the experience? He didn’t say whether or not he smoked enough actually to get high, but he did comment on other aspects of the herb-smoking experience.
“And what it did for me was it made me cough a lot, that was my response,” Sanders told the crowd. “But I gather other people have had different experiences.”
The crowd seemed to appreciate Sanders’s willingness to talk about his personal cannabis use, as his remarks were met with cheering and applause.
Bernie Sanders smoked marijuana twice.
Bernie Sanders also used the rally to reiterate his position on drug laws in general and marijuana laws more accurately.
He talked about the increasing frequency of heroin addiction and overdoses currently sweeping across the nation. And while he called out the dangers of that drug, he was very clear in his position that marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous as heroin.
This is an important distinction to make since marijuana, and heroin are both currently classified as Schedule I banned substances.
According to the DEA’s website, Schedule I drugs are “defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”
Schedule I drugs also typically carry the most severe criminal charges.
Schedule II drugs, which are defined as less dangerous than Schedule I drugs and usually carry less heavy-handed prosecution, include substances like meth and cocaine.
Marijuana activists have long said that cannabis does not belong in the Schedule I category. As a result, many have called on the government to reclassify the drug.
Today’s rally wasn’t the only time Bernie Sanders has talked about the need to change how the law views marijuana.
Earlier this year, the politician teamed up with rapper Killer Mike to produce a series of videos. In one of them, the pair talked about the problems associated with the war on drugs.
They both agreed that taking steps to legalize marijuana could help solve some of the adverse side effects of the U.S.’s decades-long attempts to crack down on drug laws.
Here’s that video:
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