Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been open about his feelings concerning the current “drug war,” calling it a failed policy. He has repeatedly supported medical marijuana and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana, saying states should have the right to pass laws for full legalization. This stance has certainly gotten the attention of one cannabis company in Portland, Oregon who is raising money for Sanders’ campaign.
Partnering with a marijuana farmer, dispensaries Foster Buds and Glisan Buds, owned by the same parent company, are selling special one-gram joints for $10 each to help raise money for Sanders. They call their campaign “Burn One for Bernie”.
With campaign laws as they stand, individuals can give up to $2,700 to a candidate (although they can give much more working through super PACs – political action committees). Each dispensary hopes to donate that sum to help Sanders win the presidential nomination.
Foster Buds manager Ken Martin said:
“[Sanders] wants to keep the medical program alive for the nation, which is awesome because without the medical program, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Sanders has found an eager constituency in the marijuana crowd. A Portland-based pipe company announced its “Burners for Bernie” set of ceramic pipes and plans to donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Sanders campaign.
Sanders has publicly disavowed super PACs, but he can’t stop his supporters from setting them up in his favor – even if they are supported by medical marijuana sales.
Sanders has proposed legislation to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
Sanders is currently short of his delegate target to win the nomination, but it isn’t over yet.
Note: This article is not intended to prop up Bernie Sanders.
Featured image source: Foster Buds