Who Supports Cannabis: Part Three
Ohio Democratic Presidential Primaries
Who Best Represents Your Pro-Cannabis Values?
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. Click Part One or Part Two to view the first two installments.
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!
Stance: Against Legalization
Poor Joe Biden. He thought this primary season would be a breeze, but he didn’t anticipate the landscape he’s facing in this 2020 democratic primary. As a result, he’s stumbled in more than a few ways, often verbally sparring with voters, telling them, “Fine, don’t vote for me,” when thrust into arguments.
Optics, it would appear, are the former Vice President’s weakest asset, and that problem persists here with his dated anti-cannabis views. Though Biden appears willing to decriminalize cannabis, he doesn’t think the science behind cannabis as medicine is up to snuff.
Expect the status quo to dominate with Biden. And as a result, expect him to do nothing to move the needle toward legalization beyond maybe … MAYBE decriminalization. But don’t hold your breath.
Legalization Plan Grade: D
Stance: Soft Support of Legalization
Amy Klobuchar is essentially a slightly more “progressive” version of Joe Biden. She has offered tacit or soft support of cannabis on the campaign trail, but has not supported cannabis in the past through legislation, and has even taken an anti-pot stance in the past. This makes her current views feel more political than truthful.
Though she has been anti-legalization before, her most recent take was this: “I support the legalization of marijuana and believe that states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders,”
While opinions do change, Amy Klobuchar doesn’t seem very interested in cannabis issues or cannabis advocates in any real way, so her support on the issue should be treated accordingly.
Legalization Plan Grade: C-
The Republican Incumbent: Donald Trump
Stance: Lies About Legalization, Very Anti-Pot
The biggest concern that Donald Trump critics had leading up to his actual presidency was simply that he would be an effective legislator, getting done what other politicians failed to do. And while some of his supporters would say he’s done just that, his record is far more spotty than they would let you believe.
In fact, Trump was somewhat pro-cannabis on the campaign trail, even going as far to say he’s pro-legalization. But as soon as he was in office, he selected Jeff Sessions as his first Attorney General. Sessions immediately targeted cannabis businesses and the legalization lobby.
Even after Sessions was gone, the war on pot has waged on, from a ban on vaping to raids of legal dispensaries. In an expose from late 2018, it was revealed the extent of Trump’s quiet war on cannabis. So while Trump may say on TV that he supports cannabis, he really doesn’t. If cannabis is important to you, it may be time to reconsider your vote for Trump.
Legalization Plan Grade: F
Who's Got Your Vote???
That’s it! Those are the top candidates in the democratic field. With Super Tuesday, and other primaries, quickly approaching, it’s only a matter of time until we have a winner who will go up against Donald Trump.
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!
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