Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night to discuss his master plan for snuffing out the Republican rule currently churning in the belly of the United States government and his mission to bring the American middle class back from the grave.
During the interview, Kimmel asked him about his position on the legalization of marijuana, which garnered a smile from the socialist senator before he moved to offer a response on what he calls “a very serious issue.”
“We have more people in jail today than any other country on earth,” Sanders said. “We have large numbers of lives who have been destroyed because of this War on Drugs, and because people were caught smoking marijuana and so forth. I think we have got to end the War on Drugs.”
Although Sanders still seems to maintain, at least to a certain degree, that the U.S. should continue to look to legal states, such as Colorado, in an effort to get a better grip on what prohibitionary repeal might look like across the entire nation, he told Kimmel that he was “not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana.”
In the spirit of late night humor, Kimmel then joked with Sanders about the possibility of him allowing “postal carriers” to “deliver marijuana” if he becomes the next president of the United States. The crowd erupted in laughter, giving Sanders a second to spin some Jewish wit.
“That’ll get rid of the federal deficit pretty quickly won’t it?” Sanders replied.
Last week, during the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Sanders, who is currently scrapping down quite aggressively with Hillary Clinton, the only other major contender for the party nomination, said that he would vote in favor of legalizing marijuana if such an option was presented to him.
“I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses,” Sanders went on to explain. “We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana.”
Some of the latest polling data for the early primary state of New Hampshire shows that Sanders and Clinton are running close enough in the race to give birth to a love child somewhere along the campaign trail. One poll suggests Sanders is leading over Clinton by 10 points ever since Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not be running for the presidency. Another has Clinton leading by 2 points.