Who Supports Cannabis: Part One

Ohio Democratic Presidential Primaries

Which Democratic Candidates Are Pro-Weed?

Article by: Randy Shaffer

Election season is just starting to kick into high gear, with Super Tuesday coming pretty quickly, on March 3rd! The 2020 Ohio Democratic Primary is March 17th. That’s only a few weeks away now. 

Over the next three editorials, we’ll be taking a look at the top eight democratic presidential candidates, as well as current Republican President Donald Trump, and where they stand on legalizing cannabis.

Some candidates have radical plans to legalize weed, while others are less than enthusiastic about cannabis, or can’t seem to make up their mind. Read on to discover who aligns with your views. And don’t forget to vote on March 17th!

Bernie Sanders

Stance: For Legalization

Perhaps the most radically pro-legalization candidate of our lifetime, Bernie Sanders has vowed to federally legalize marijuana during his first day in office. Likely, Sanders would sign an executive order that would cancel out the DEA’s Schedule I status of cannabis.

Doing so would effectively legalize reefer, at least federally. This would likely still allow states to ban cannabis and cannabis products. But it would offer legal protections for businesses and consumers in states that have opted to fully legalize cannabis for medicinal and recreational uses.

While it remains unclear how states or lawmakers would react to this executive order, either with long-winded court battles or state resistance, Bernie’s plan is certainly the clearest, though admittedly not the cleanest, way to achieve full legalization.

Legalization Plan Grade: A-

President Bernie Sanders
President Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Stance: Against Legalization

Continuing the thread of being a conservative-leaning soft progressive democrat, Michael Bloomberg has not been kind to cannabis. In fact, he’s called legalization efforts, “the stupidest thing anybody has ever done.”

It would seem that Mike Bloomberg’s views on cannabis stem from a belief that cannabis, like cocaine or meth, is a narcotic. Despite the fact that cannabis is a plant with medicinal or mild psychedelic qualities, not a narcotic, he trudges forward with his dinosaur of an opinion.

But that makes sense considering Bloomberg’s Republican-leaning political history. But factoring that Bloomberg is polling at or around 0% to 3% among democats, perhaps softening his stance on cannabis might move that needle? Or just dropping out of the race altogether…

Legalization Plan Grade: F

Pete Buttigieg

Stance: Likely For Legalization...Maybe

Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, has one of the more elusive pro-cannabis stances, and it has evolved some as he’s campaigned over the past year.

While Buttigieg has spoken about his desire to end the federal prohibition of cannabis, or decriminalize cannabis, his track record as mayor has fallen under scrutiny. As reported at a recent debate, drug arrests of minority races went up instead of down after he entered office. It would seem that Mayor Pete is pro-cannabis, but uses the issue more as a talking point for racial injustice, a point his own hometown didn’t necessarily fix when he was mayor. 

This leaves Pete more in line with the status quo. For what it’s worth, much of his stance parrots the “pathway to legalization” language that democrats adopted in 2016 during Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Will that lead to legalization? Well, maybe not. A pathway, after all, is just a road, not a destination.

Legalization Plan Grade: C+

President Pete Buttigieg

Stay Tuned...

Next week, we’ll be taking a look at three more democratic candidates for president, including Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. And the following week, we’ll look at Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar, and we’ll also take a look at Donald Trump’s “stance” on cannabis to finish this series off. You won’t want to miss it!

In the meantime, sound off in the comments below with your thoughts on this 2020 democratic primary field. Are you happy with the candidates? Who are you voting for this 2020 primary season in Ohio? Are you pro-legalization, or would you like to see only medical marijuana … or full cannabis prohibition? Let us know in the comment section below!

The educational materials, editorials and reviews found on this site are provided for informational purposes only. We are not responsible for patients or recreational cannabis users and their actions. Please consult your medical marijuana physician or pharmacist about how to properly medicate with medical cannabis, or to learn how to get your Ohio medical marijuana card.

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