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Bernie Sanders endorses California marijuana initiative

Bernie Sanders, who said last week that he had not yet studied a California measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use, on Wednesday endorsed the initiative.

“I do not live in California,” the Vermont senator told supporters at a rally here. “But if I lived in California, I would vote ‘yes’ to legalize marijuana.”

The insurgent presidential candidate, who supports the decriminalization of marijuana by the federal government, is campaigning in California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary. He has said he will push on through the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, despite nearly insurmountable odds.

The Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, announced Wednesday that she will return to California to campaign next week.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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