Two affiliated Oregon-certified, OMMP-compliant marijuana dispensaries, along with a cannabis grower, have reportedly teamed up to donate 10 percent of their sales of a particular cannabis product to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Given Bernie Sanders’ support of removing marijuana from the DEA’s Schedule I, both the owners of the dispensaries and the cannabis grower have pledged 5 percent of the sale of a particular cannabis to total 10 percent of the consumer’s purchase price to be donated to Bernie’s presidential run, KATU Channel 2 News reported.
Dispensaries Foster Buds and Glisan Buds will donate 5 percent from each sale of premium cone from Farmer 12, according to Facebook posts. Meanwhile, the actual marijuana grower, Farmer 12, will also donate 5 percent until they both individually meet the donation limit. Foster Buds will also be giving away a free “Bern one for Bernie” T-shirt with the purchases of the premium cone, according to posts on the facility’s Facebook page.
On July 1, 2015, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon, according to Foster Buds. Customers are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public and up to eight ounces of the plant at home. Users are also permitted to grow up to four plants per household, according to the dispensary.
— Laura Rillos (@LauraRillos) March 3, 2016
Foster Buds’ owners wrote of the joint pledge to donate one-tenth of the sale of the Farmer 12 joints on Instagram and explained the reason.
“The cannabis community has never been appropriately represented or considered on a federal stage. Cannabis enthusiasts, supporters, and medical patients come from every walk of life now, and we all deserve a President who will rally to reschedule cannabis and transform America’s Cannabis policies. We believe Bernie Sanders is the best and most likely candidate to appropriately represent the needs of our community.”
— MILegalize (@MILegalize) October 29, 2015
The dispensaries sell recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older, in accordance with state law, but consumers are limited to purchasing a quarter ounce (seven grams) a day. They also provide medical marijuana.
— New Approach Oregon (@NewApproachPAC) March 4, 2016
Meanwhile, a new hashtag is being used to support the legalization of marijuana and Bernie’s presidential campaign: #BernOneForBernie.
— Darren Parker (@DFParker78) February 12, 2016
— Mitch Dudley (@mdudlers) February 16, 2016
— Ivy Bader (@Ivyleighann) January 19, 2016
Given that Sanders states that his main objection to marijuana prohibition is the resulting racial inequality in the prosecution of marijuana cases, it’s unclear how the Vermont senator would feel about the new hashtag.
A poll last fall declared that about 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, Gallup reported.
“Younger Americans, Democrats and independents are the most likely of major demographic and political groups to favor legalizing use of the drug, while Republicans and older Americans are least likely to do so.”
The remarkable support for legalizing marijuana is the highest that Gallup has ever measured it to be. Gallup states that the pattern indicated that the percentage should continue to rise. Gallup says that “senior citizens are alone among age groups in opposing pot legalization.”
Bernie Sanders calls the War on Drugs a failed policy that imprisons non-violent offenders and unfairly target blacks. High Times compared the two Democratic candidates recently and reported that Clinton believes that the jury is out on medical marijuana. Clinton is, however, willing to lower cannabis from a Schedule I drug down to a Schedule II drug. High Times reported that with Clinton’s plan, marijuana would be considered a deadly, dangerous drug with some known medical use and a high potential for abuse.
“As a Schedule II drug, you’d still need to ‘ask your doctor if prescription cannabis is right for you’ and Big Pharma will certainly have pills, sprays, and inhalers of cannabinoid medicines at the ready.”
Until 2014, Clinton wanted marijuana to remain a Schedule I drug, which is the category reserved for dangerous drugs with no known medical use. In 2014, she announced, according to the National Journal, that cannabis could potentially have some medical value, but that more research was needed.
This past November, during an appearance in South Carolina, Clinton proposed that marijuana could be downgraded to a Schedule II drug, saying, “And the problem with medical marijuana is there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence about how well it works for certain conditions, but we haven’t done any research.”
Sanders responded in a statement that Clinton’s approach ignored the major issue.
“If we are serious about criminal justice reform and preventing many thousands of lives from being impacted because of criminal convictions for marijuana possession, we must remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and allow states the right to go forward, if they choose, to legalize marijuana without federal legal impediments.”
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission created a video to help cannabis consumers understand the details of the new state laws legalizing marijuana.