Bernie Sanders' latest marijuana comments are turning heads -- literally

Sanders' Latest Pot Comments Are Turning Heads — Literally

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told students at a town hall meeting he supported decriminalizing marijuana.

"In my view, the time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana." Sanders said.

One student's reaction, which you can see in the video above, is getting pretty much the same amount of attention as what Sanders proposed, complete with its own vines, YouTube edits and more.

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As for the marijuana proposal itself, this isn't the first time Sanders has taken that stance. In fact, he's made this a talking point since the first Democratic debate, but his past relationship with the issue is a bit more hazy.

In 2001, Sanders co-sponsored a bill that would allow states to legalize the drug for medical uses. But when Katie Couric asked him about his thoughts on legalization earlier this year, Sanders dodged the question saying, "It's not my thing," voicing concerns that it might be a gateway drug.

Ten facts you should know about Bernie Sanders:

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Bernie Sanders' latest marijuana comments are turning heads -- literally

1. He's a socialist, and he doesn't deny it. When he ran for office in 1990 he responded to an ad trying to link him to Fidel Castro by saying,  "I am a socialist and everyone knows that."

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2. He used to moonlight as a comedy actor, appearing in the 1999 film "My X-Girlfriends Wedding Reception."

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4. He made headlines in in 2010 when he tried to block a deal that included a tax cut extension for the wealthy with a filibuster-like stand. The stunt trended on Twitter with the hashtag #filibernie and later crashed the Senate video server.

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5. He is not religious. While all past presidents have been openly religious and Christian, Sanders says he identifies as Jewish but doesn't practice. 

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7. He grew up in a working class family in Brooklyn, and his father was a Polish immigrant.

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8. He released an album called 'We Shall Overcome' in which he reads speeches about peace and justice with a choir singing in the background. It's available on iTunes. 

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9. He is a big believer in Scandinavian political thinking and has said that the U.S. should adopt some of their principles, including the idea that health care should be a right, and higher education should be free.

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Sanders has never outright opposed marijuana, though. He has supported decriminalization -- which is different from legalization –- for a while, and has been a longtime opponent of the war on drugs.

For most of his campaign Sanders took a wait-and-see approach to marijuana, citing Colorado and Washington as good test cases. But for now, at least, he seems convinced, and it's certainly caught the attention of others.

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