Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continued his progressive streak this week by introducing a bill in the United States Senate that would officially end Federal criminalization of cannabis. The bill, called the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015 would remove cannabis from the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
Sanders filed the bill on Wednesday, which would completely eliminate the prohibition of marijuana at the Federal level, thereby allowing each state to regulate cannabis as they see fit. The bill would be a boon for cannabis businesses in states that have already legalized, finally allowing them to use banks, which would currently violate Federal law.
While the bill remains a long shot in the Senate, it will clearly play well with Sanders’ younger base, and stands in clear contrast with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s “wait and see” approach to legalization. Meanwhile, support for decriminalization continues to grow, with 10 states expected to vote on some form of cannabis legalization in 2016.