Published on November 14th, 2015 | by News Feed
2016 Presidential Hopefuls Weigh In On Marijuana Reform
In the next year, the American people will decide who will be the next President of the United States. One of the big subjects candidates will be discussing is how they will handle marijuana reform laws. If it’s a subject matter you find important, here’s a breakdown on each of the candidates.
The Democratic Candidates
On the topic of marijuana reform, Bernie Sanders seems to be straddling the fence. He has been enthusiastic with his support of legalizing medical marijuana and marijuana related arrests decreased while he served as Burlington’s mayor. On the other hand, when it comes to actual legislation for legalizing marijuana, Sanders has been hesitant to give his approval.
Maryland’s former governor, Martin O’Malley has an interesting history when it comes to marijuana reform. At first glance, he seems like he would be a great presidential choice since he signed the bills that not only legalized medical marijuana in Maryland, but also decriminalized pot. What’s confusing about O’Malley is that he was originally very vocal about how he felt marijuana was a dangerous and addictive drug and should not be legalized in any form.
Voters who hope to legalize pot, should be aware that Clinton has been very hesitant about the legalization of marijuana. She feels that it’s a gateway drug and has been hesitant about lending her support to approving laws regarding the use of medical marijuana, claiming she needs to do more research. She does support the rights of the states that have approved the use of medical marijuana.
The Republican Candidates
Rand Paul is the presidential candidate who has been the most supportive of marijuana reform. He feels states should have the right to decide if cannabis should be used for medical or recreational purposes. He hosted the Colorado Cannabusiness Summit and co-sponsored a bill that would allow proprietors of legal marijuana businesses to access banking opportunities.
The former Pennsylvania senator wants nothing to do with marijuana reform and is seeking to make the War on Drugs laws harsher. He thinks the federal government should have the right to overturn state laws regarding the use of marijuana
Before he threw his hat in the Presidential race, Trump thought all drugs should be legalized, but now that he’s a presidential candidate, he’s had a change of heart. He supports medical marijuana, but that is all.
Even though Jeb Bush has said he thinks that states should have the right to decide whether or not medical marijuana can be used, he himself is opposed to it and urged his own state of Florida to vote against it.
The good doctor is a supporter of medical marijuana, but he does advocate limitations and is openly opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.
This New Jersey governor has not only admitted to being opposed to all use of marijuana, both medical and recreational, but he has also vowed to undo all current legislation that has been put into place since Obama was first elected.
Ted Cruz has done an about face regarding marijuana reform laws. Less than a year ago, he was against the legalization of marijuana, but now he claims to support laws passing it for recreational use.
Personally, Carly Fiorina is opposed to marijuana, refusing to make it a part of her breast cancer treatment, but she said she won’t support any federal ban regarding the use of it for medical purposes.
Lindsay Graham has taken the stance that he has other things to worry about before he even thinks about marijuana reform laws. He voting record indicates he’s not a supporter of using it for recreational use, or for veterans to include it in their medical treatment.
Mike Huckabee is willing to consider using marijuana for medical purposes but has been open about his opposition to the concept of legalizing recreational marijuana.
He has been a fan of cannabis related issues. He has signed two different pro-pot laws for his state regarding medical cannabis, though he says he thinks making cannabis legal for recreational purposes would be a mistake.
Has taken a hardline approach to the concept of legal marijuana for recreational purposes, but won’t challenge the rights of states to allow it for medical purposes.
When he has to vote on an issue involving the use of marijuana, Pataki consistently votes no, however he does feel that each state has the right to decide if marijuana can be used for medical or recreational purposes.
Rubio is opposed to the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, supports the use of non-psychoactive CBD, and voted against the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in his own state.