Bernie Sanders Is Open to Legalizing Pot Nationwide: 'We Have Got to End the War on Drugs'

"I am not unfavorably disposed to moving towards the legalization of marijuana," Bernie Sanders said Wednesday

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Bernie Sanders stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night (or was it Larry David? Who can tell anymore?) and said some things that will no doubt delight marijuana smokers across the country.

When Kimmel asked the Vermont senator, 74, how he feels about legalizing pot nationwide, Sanders replied, “Here’s my stance – and this is a really serious issue. We have more people in jail today than any other country on earth. We have large numbers of lives that 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,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Citing Colorado and other states that have successfully legalized marijuana, Sanders concluded, “I am not unfavorably disposed to moving towards the legalization of marijuana.”

In June, the Democratic presidential hopeful revealed in an interview with Yahoo NewsKatie Couric that he tried marijuana twice but it “didn’t quite work” for him. “It’s not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people,” he said at the time.

Sanders is also a champion of the U.S. Postal Service, which led Kimmel to joke that if elected, the senator could have postal carriers deliver marijuana to people.

“That’ll get rid of the federal deficit pretty quickly, won’t it?” Sanders quipped in response.

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