WHOEVER WINS the Democratic Presidential primary, all the candidates appear to agree on one thing, legalizing weed will be part of virtually all of their platforms.
Bernie Sanders is the latest candidate to thrown in the gauntlet, telling Joe Rogan on his podcast that if he wins the 2020 presidential election that he will legalize cannabis with an executive order within his first days in office.
Sanders began by calling the Democratic debates a disgrace and “reality TV” before launching into a conversation with host Rogan where he said he would address the federal criminal laws surrounding marijuana.
According to The Grit Post, “Approximately 47 minutes into the interview, [Sanders] told Joe Rogan about his plan to sign an executive order removing marijuana from the list of scheduled drugs. Sanders pointed out that according to the federal government, marijuana and heroin are both equally harmful, even though heroin overdoses kill roughly 15,000 people per year, and marijuana kills zero.”
“Right now, you have a federal law. It’s called the Controlled Substances Act. Here’s heroin, here’s marijuana, they’re at the same level. That is insane. Heroin is a killer drug. You can argue the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but marijuana ain’t heroin. So we have to end that, and that’s what I will do as President of the United States. I believe we can do that through executive order, and I will do that.”
According to Apple Podcasts Top Charts, the Joe Rogan experience is the fourth-most listened to podcast in the U.S., is played more than 1.5 billion times in a year, and has an audience of approximately 100 million people globally.
Rogan — who is known to occasionally smoke marijuana on the air with his guests, as he did with Tesla CEO Elon Musk — was somewhat dismayed that Sanders wasn’t in favor of across the board decriminalization of all drugs. He also was surprised that Sanders hadn’t had a positive marijuana experience, despite trying it a few times in Vermont.