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Bernie Sanders hasn’t studied California marijuana initiative

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Hear presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' comments on the high price of campaign advertising on California TV, legalized recreational marijuana, Gov. Jerry Brown, and his plans for the Democratic National Convention. He was interviewed on May 9,
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Hear presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' comments on the high price of campaign advertising on California TV, legalized recreational marijuana, Gov. Jerry Brown, and his plans for the Democratic National Convention. He was interviewed on May 9,

When Bernie Sanders was asked last year if he would support a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Nevada if he lived in that state, Sanders said, “I suspect I would vote yes.”

On Monday, he was slightly – only slightly – more circumspect about the initiative looming in California.

“That issue is being debated in Vermont,” Sanders said in an interview, adding that “in Vermont, if that bill came up, I would vote for it.”

Asked about the initiative in California, Sanders said, “I don’t want to tell people in California, but if the wording is reasonable – I should study this up and I will – but in general I believe that we have to end prohibition regarding marijuana.”

Sanders said, “Too many people have criminal records. We have too many people who have suffered as a result of those criminal records.”

Traveling in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta this week – Sanders will appear in Stockton on Tuesday – the candidate said he has also not studied controversial proposals to increase pumping from the Delta or to build to build two tunnels to divert water under the Delta to the south.

“To be honest with you, I have not studied these issues,” Sanders said.

California was the first state to allow medical marijuana. Now, two decades later, voters are expected to be asked whether to legalize recreational use of the drug. The legalization measure headed for the statewide November ballot is the product o

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