Bernie Sanders Political Revolution Takes Wyoming, New York Up Next

   

The Bernie Sanders political revolution rolled through Wyoming, marking 8 victories out of the last 9 contests for Sanders over Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Senator Sanders earned 56% of the vote in the closed Wyoming caucu while Clinton won 44%. The all-important New York primary is next, with both candidates claiming ties to the Empire State, Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn while Hillary Clinton moved to the state, where she represented the state for 8 years as a senator.

The polls show former New York Senator Hillary Clinton leading in her adopted state by double digits, but Sanders has made ground in recent weeks. Sanders’ supporters can point to his overperformance of the polls, particularly in Michigan, as evidence that the Vermont Senator can, once again, shock the political establishment.

Bernie Sanders has often spoke about his political momentum as he reeled off his recent wins, while Hillary Clinton’s campaign has maintained confidence, with the former Secretary stating that she expects to be the nominee. Saturday Night Live had some fun with Hillary

Whether Bernie Sanders pulls off an upset in New York, the anti-establishment candidate has undoubtedly ran a rather amazing campaign that has exceeded expectations. Above and beyond any campaign, the political movement that Sanders has energized, has already won in many ways as the Democratic debate has moved towards more progressive positions.

For cannabis law reformers, a candidate that supports ending federal prohibition is virtually tied nationally with the Democratic front-runner and has won 17 contests thus far, a remarkable development for the marijuana movement.  Regardless of who becomes president, the worst case scenario for the cannabis community, is a chief executive that supports states’ rights to determine their own marijuana laws. Whether or not Bernie Sanders wins the presidency, his political revolution, that includes equality for the cannabis community, will be alive and well.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.