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Former Surgeon General Endorses Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Deschedule Cannabis

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With a proposal in the Senate to remove cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders is irrefutably the most marijuana-friendly of this election’s presidential candidates — the Marijuana Policy Project has rated him an “A” in terms of legalization prospects.

Now, in an exciting new endorsement, former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders told Marijuana Politics in an interview that she supported Sanders’ proposal to deschedule cannabis.

“You know, we don’t have cigarettes [on the Controlled Substances Act]. We don’t have alcohol on it,” she added. “So I think that marijuana should be removed and studied and looked at.”

Dr. Elders served as the nation’s top doctor under President Bill Clinton, until she was forced to resign after she suggested that schoolchildren should undergo sex education about masturbation. She had also previously suggested that the administration consider the legalization of drugs as a means to reduce crime, which, unsurprisingly, also did not go over well at the time.

Unfortunately, Sen. Sanders currently has not found a single co-sponsor for his law to reform cannabis prohibition, though a majority of Americans believe that legalization is in the country’s best interest.