Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill Wednesday that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana. He is the first politician to ever file this bill.
The senator’s bill calls for marijuana to be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s schedule of controlled substances. This is a historic move. Marijuana is currently classified by the federal government as a Schedule I controlled substance, which is the same category as heroin and LSD.
According to pro-legalization groups, Sanders’ bill is the first of its kind to be introduced in the Senate. He is also the only presidential candidate so far to call for marijuana to be removed from the DEA’s controlled substances schedule.
If his bill passes, the schizophrenic rift between state and federal powers over the legality of marijuana will end.