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Bernie Sanders Tells Jimmy Kimmel He's Open to Legalizing Marijuana

The Vermont senators remarks on pot were a big hit with the studio audience.

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Democratic presidential nomination contender Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he is open to legalizing marijuana as he appeared on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show on ABC.

The Vermont senator said he wanted to learn the lessons of marijuana legalization from Colorado and other states that have already legalized pot use.

But then he added, "I am not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana. We have more people in jail than any country on earth," he told Kimmel. "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."

The studio audience liked what it heard, bursting out in hoots and hollers and wild applause at Sanders' comments. 

Alluding to another Sanders proposal--to provide consumer banking services as post offices--Kimmel then asked if the senator was open to combining the proposals, "And maybe have the postal carriers deliver marijuana to people?"

"That will get rid of the federal deficit pretty quickly, won't it?" Sanders retorted. 

Sanders made similar pro-legalization comments last week during the Democratic debate in Las Vegas when he and other candidates were asked if they would support a 2016 ballot measure to legalize pot in Nevada. Sanders said he would be inclined to vote for it, while Hillary Clinton was uncommital. 

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Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.

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