2016 Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders has set out to take the youth vote away from Hillary Clinton, one pot leaf at a time.
The Vermont Independent suggested during a Reddit Q&A session Tuesday afternoon that he would be open to legalizing marijuana use for recreational purposes nationwide, adding that as mayor of Burlington the police didn't focus on arresting people for using the drug:
Sanders did not, however, give a full-out endorsement of the controversial policy. His home state is currently considering legislation that would decriminalize pot use, something that the self-described socialist does support.
The Daily Caller also notes that Sanders has previously signed onto legislation that would change marijuana from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule II drug.
“My hair was long, but not long for the times. I smoked marijuana, but was never part of the drug culture. That wasn’t me,” he said.
According to RealClearPolitics, Sanders currently trails Clinton by an average of 57 points. But with support for the legalization of marijuana at an all-time high, particularly among younger Americans, will this be Sanders' key to victory (at least in the primary) in 2016?