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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bernie Bits: Sanders Talks Pot, God and Electability on Jimmy Kimmel

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suggested Wednesday that he would be open to legalizing marijuana if elected president. 

"You know, I'm looking at what's going on in Colorado and elsewhere," Sanders told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "But I am not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana."

The Vermont independent made the remark at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where the Los Angeles-based comedian has been taping ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" all week. 

Sanders frequently talks about ending the so-called war on drugs. He supports legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing pot. During last week's Democratic presidential debate, he said that if he were a resident of Nevada, he "suspect[ed]" he would vote in favor of an upcoming ballot measure that would legalize it in the state. But Sanders has thus far refrained from issuing his full-throated support for nationwide legalization.

Here's Sanders' complete answer to Kimmel's question:

Kimmel also asked Sanders whether he could really beat the Republican presidential nominee — and whether he believes in God:

And, needless to say, Kimmel asked Sanders what he thought about comedian Larry David's impression of the senator on last week's "Saturday Night Live," which prompted Sanders to do an impression of David doing an impression of him. [Spoiler alert: It wasn't very good.]

While Sanders drew plenty of applause from Kimmel's audience, he had a hard act to follow: actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd celebrating "Back to the Future" day in-character as Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown.

Sanders did manage to appear in a photo backstage with "Doc," to whom he has been compared in a ubiquitous internet meme:

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Paul Heintz

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Paul Heintz is a staff writer and political editor for Seven Days. He wrote the "Fair Game" political column from May 2012 through December 2016.

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