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Bernie Sanders on Weed and Voting for Hillary

"If I lived in California, I would vote ‘yes’ to legalize marijuana."

by Justin O'Connell

Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been making the rounds on TV as of late. On Friday, CNN asked who he planned to vote for in November. 

"I will 'in all likelihood' vote for Clinton," Sanders said

At a Town Hall in New York City, Sanders said to the 1,250 supporters gathered, "Never lose your sense of rage."

“Our goal from day one has been transform this nation,” the Vermont senator told the crowd. “And that is the fight we are going to continue.”

He told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert audience Thursday night, "All of you and everybody else who’s watching have got to be involved in the political process, have got to stand up and fight for the kind of America that we know that we can become, and I’m never going to give up on that fight.”

Sanders is still accompanied by the secret service - evidence he remains in the presidential race.

He courted California by supporting marijuana legalization. "I do not live in California," Sanders said at a campaign rally in San Jose last month. "But if I lived in California, I would vote ‘yes’ to legalize marijuana."

Sanders was the only presidential candidate to call for descheduling marijuana under federal law. He has spoke in favor of recreational marijuana legalization in his home state Vermont, where he remains Senator.

Sanders does not have a very good chance of becoming the Democratic party nominee. Yet, he is pressing forward to change the direction of the Party. He has not suspended his campaign yet.

Sanders promised to see his campaign through to the Democratic National Convention in July.  He also said he would work with Hilary to defeat Trump. Sanders goal now, according to those close to him, is to make an imprint on the Democratic Party. He’s even met with Hillary Clinton.

Sanders won’t likely suspend his campaign before the July 25 Democratic Convention. In the meantime, he’s drawn the attention of Donald Trump.

"Say what you want about Bernie,” Trump said on Saturday in Phoenix. “He doesn't quit. He's in there bitching."

Trump continued on Saturday in Vegas: “Crazy Bernie, he’s crazy as a bed bug, but, you know, he doesn’t quit."

Bernie’s main points center on stagnant wages, healthcare, college debt and class warfare by billionaires against the poor classes. He’s recently tweeted about GMO labeling, campaign corruption, and the need for environmental protections in the wake of a California oil spill. Political scientist Noam Chomsky notes that, in the history of the Democratic party over the past century, Sanders falls in line with New Deal Democrats more than he does with radical or social democrats.

Sanders campaign, which he claimed to be built by average donations of approximately $27 dollars made by millions of people, has lodged charges of corruption against the party. For instance, the California primary election between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton comes highly contested. Some believe Sanders’ thirteen million votes won the primary.

When Colbert asked Sanders last night why he remained in the race, Sanders replied: “What do we want? We want our supporters to be heard.”


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Justin is a California-based writer who covers music, cannabis, craft beer, Baja California, science and technology. His writing has appeared in VICE and the San Diego Reader.



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