Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders said during Tuesday's debate that as president he would help minority communities start businesses to sell marijuana.
“I do believe that, on day one, we will change the Federal Controlled Substance Act, which, if you can believe it, now equates heroin with marijuana,” he said. "That's insane."
The socialist candidate promised he would legalize marijuana in all 50 states and work to expunge the records of people who were arrested for marijuana possession.
“And I'll tell you what else we're going to do,” he continued. “We're going to provide help to the African-American, Latino, Native American community to start businesses to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.”
Bernie: ‘We will teach these darker-skinned fellas to sell legal drugs, they’ll be thrilled’... https://t.co/oxsD9R9Nad— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) February 26, 2020
Sanders was widely criticized for the remark on Twitter.
Bernie Sanders @BernieSanders wants to help POC sell marijuana and other illicit drugs with ease. Not to help them become engineers, doctors or lawyers. But Ganga. ????That’s the DNC for you. @ChifeDr @cchukudebu @Oddy4real pic.twitter.com/zjfabO4Mk6— ÅkukariaSA ?? (@AkukariaSA) February 26, 2020
Girl, I couldn't believe my ears when Sanders said he was going to set up black people and natives to sell DRUGS!!— Lisa Davison ????????? (@LisaMDavison) February 26, 2020
I'm still in shock. Dems still are the same ole racist. They look down on black Americans as if they are ignorant and incompetent children.
@BernieSanders is a flat out racist; basically said minorities only capable of having businesses which sell drugs “legal marijuana” taking business away from corporate MJ sales not recognizing the rise of minority owned small businesses in the #TrumpEconomy #VoteRedToSaveAmerica https://t.co/Pk9ejSnWfr— judi pena (@Alexrory92Judi) February 26, 2020
Biden's face during his response was priceless.
Probably the craziest soundbyte from the #DemDebate:— ?? ?????f???? ?? (@SassafrasSassy) February 26, 2020
Bernie Sanders to help black and Hispanic people sell weed and not be jailed for doing so.
Honestly. Doesn’t this expose that he thinks those demographics are nothing but drug dealers?#Election2020 pic.twitter.com/dCnJN70xRU