Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana?
Marijuana enthusiasts around the country wonder what this batch of presidential candidates think of marijuana. Some of the candidates’ positions are not what you’d think. It is important to not just count their position on marijuana as the sole basis of your voting decision, but it might be an important part of your decision.
Donald Trump, although outspoken and often misunderstood, is for medical marijuana. He is absolutely opposed to recreational marijuana legalization and has no plans to discuss ending prohibition. His general consensus is that the DEA will reschedule marijuana if it is deemed necessary and will move forward from there.
The silver lining here is that he really is on the fence. He’s said that legal recreational marijuana is good in some ways but toxic in others. He supports each state’s right to let voters decide if recreational marijuana should be legal in their state.
Hillary Clinton clearly supports medical marijuana. In fact, she supports rescheduling marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, at least for now. She wants to make it easier for researchers to conduct studies and provide real, updated statistical information regarding marijuana.
Before moving forward on ending prohibition in any way, she wants to study the states that do legalize recreational marijuana. She agrees that states should be able to vote regarding adult recreational use of marijuana. Clinton needs more answers to her plethora of questions about marijuana before making any moves as President, should she be elected.
Gary Johnson represents the Liberal Party. He is pro-marijuana. He has openly admitted to recent use of marijuana. Needless to say, he wants to end prohibition and legalize marijuana. Johnson has taken a lot of heat for his stance on marijuana. He’s been poked fun at by other politicians and many believe it will hinder his chances come November.
Although Johnson is pro-legalization, it doesn’t mean it would be a free-for-all. Programs would be heavily regulated. He’s worked with Democrats in state legislatures to help increase funding to assist those with serious drug addictions to get the help they needed for their issues.
He has a very relaxed attitude when it comes to marijuana, and is “ahead of the curve on drug policy” as some have stated.
Jill Stein may not be a household name to many, but she did run in 2012. She received just about 500,000 votes. Stein is the 2016 Green Party candidate. Part of her agenda will be nationwide marijuana legalization.
Stein said, “Marijuana is far less of a threat to personal and public health than alcohol and nicotine. It’s a war that’s flagrantly lost by a very misguided and racist policy which needs to be brought to an end.”
If Stein should be elected President, she will work diligently to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, Schedule I.
Stein is the “Plan B” for Bernie Sanders supporters. She has a very clear mind when it comes to marijuana legalization – how and why she’d implement the changes and how it would be regulated. She has a plan.
Will their Position Sway your Vote?
For some, being able to legally use a plant that has jailed millions and caused controversy for decades is a reason to vote for a specific candidate. Make sure you also take the time to read the rest of their political agenda and plan for the United States to make sure their plan is what you want, regardless if it includes legalizing marijuana across the board or not. Elections are less than 6 weeks away, it’s time to do some research and make an informed decision.