Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, supports the legalization of marijuana to combat the corrupt criminal justice system, and keep otherwise non violent citizens from going to prison and receiving a criminal record. Sanders, a 74-year-old Democrat from Vermont, is the only candidate running for the White House who has been for the legalization of marijuana on the federal level.
In 2015, Bernie Sanders introduced a bill in the Senate, called Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015, which would completely remove marijuana from federal scheduling. “In my view, the time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana,” Sanders said.
Sen Sanders is also the only candidate that is funding his campaign without relying or receiving donations from huge Wall Street donors and does not have a Super Pac supporting him. Sanders instead is relying on new and innovative ideas to help fund and support his presidential bid.
One of those innovative ideas came to a 29 year old Portland Oregon resident, Ariel Zimman, the creator of the homemade ceramic pipes with the campaign logo of the Sanders’ campaign.
When asked by the Center for Public Integrity why she decided to do this, “It was really just a way to show my support for him as a candidate,” Zimman said. “People love [the pipes], and once they hear they are contributing in some way to the campaign, they are all about that too.”
An attorney who served as the chief counsel of the Democratic National Committee, Joe Birkenstock, says Zimman’s contribution to the Sanders campaign could fall foul due to campaign finance laws. “You can’t promise to pass the money along to the candidate.”
According to the Center for Public Integrity report, Larry Noble, a former lawyer for the Federal Election Commission added “If I was advising one of these vendors, I would probably advise them to be a little less specific in their solicitation.”
The cost of the pipe is $60 and Zimman promises that 10 percent of the proceeds will go the Sanders campaign. If you would like to purchase a piece of history, you can find the Sanders’ pipes at StonedWareCompany.com