SF Evergreen Endorses: Bernie Sanders

The Bern is feeling the weed — and we’re feeling the Bern.

While on the campaign trail in northern California ahead of the June 7 primary election, Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed supporter of ending the drug war, signaled support for the efforts to end cannabis prohibition in California.

“I do not live in California,” said Sanders, while at the podium during a May 18 rally in San Jose. “But if I lived in California, I would vote ‘yes’ to legalize marijuana.”

(Vermont will also vote on legalization in the fall, and predictably, Sanders will vote to legalize the plant then.)
The longtime independent senator from Vermont is challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. One of the two of them will face Donald Trump in the November election.

For voters concerned about drug policy and the drug war, the choice is clear. Of the three, Sanders is by far the most cannabis-friendly and has been the most consistent on the issue.

Clinton has expressed limited support for ending the drug war, but has stopped short of endorsing legalization outright, saying instead that “more research is needed.” (And when former President Bill Clinton ramped up the drug war and imposed new criminal penalties in the 1990s, the then-First Lady was a supporter.)

Registered Democrats will see Sanders on their ballots. Registered independents voting in San Francisco can request a Democratic ballot at City Hall, and may be able to do so at their polling places in other counties. Check with your local election authority for details.

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