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LOS ANGELES, California— Addressing a crowd of thousands, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a glimpse of what his first days as president would look like.
The Vermont senator pledged executive orders effectively legalizing marijuana in all fifty states as well as expunging the records of many of those who have been arrested for possession of the substance.
“We are going to end the destructive war on drugs. It turns out that you can legalize marijuana in every state in this country by executive order,” he said. “We will move forward to expunge the records of those arrested for possession of marijuana.”
He also said his administration would ensure that 1.8 million illegal immigrants would be protected from deportations.
“We will end ICE raids that are terrorizing people,” he said, adding that he would also “end a border policy that allows federal agents to snatch babies from the arms of their mothers.”
Sanders’s remarks were some of the first detailing how he would use the tools of the presidency to implement his agenda. Issues like gun control, he said, would require Congress.
“Our administration will pass the most sweeping gun safety legislation in the history of this country,” he said.
Sanders also promised to get Congress to codify Roe v. Wade into law as well as “bipartisan immigration reform.”
His speech came before hip-hop group Public Enemy was set to perform and was introduced by several progressive activists and comedian Sarah Silverman. Sanders remained confident while speaking and said a win in the California primary, to be held on Super Tuesday, could make him the nominee.
“The candidate who wins in California has an excellent chance to win the Democratic nomination,” he said.
Recent polling shows Sanders poised to win the California primary handily, which awards 494 delegates. A RealClearPolitics average of recent surveys shows him with with 33.7% support in the state, with former Vice President Joe Biden in second at 15.3%. No other candidates are in line to make the 15% polling threshold to receive delegates.