Donald Trump on marijuana, where does he stand? You might be surprised by his answer! With presidential politics in the news so much lately anyone growing weed or thinking about it should be concerned where the candidates stand on this issue.
Since I am a medical marijuana patient and grower I am very concerned that a conservative republican president could undo all the progress we have made.
Democrats – Sanders The Best Bet For Legalization
Really no surprise here, we all know Bernie is pro pot. Bernie Sanders wants to remove weed from its schedule 1 status.
Hillary Clinton says she supports medical marijuana. With Hillary it seems like she isn’t that committed like Sanders is. One gets the feeling she is following Bernie’s lead on this simply to try and get the support of younger voters. I really have a trust issue with her as do many others but she says she will continue on with Obama policies.
Trump On Marijuana Legalization
Here is a video on Fox News where the Donald appeared on the O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly, just in case you don’t know runs a very conservative editorial show, and he and Trump argue and have heated discussions fairly often.
At 4:31 in this video he brings up marijuana and Colorado in particular and a bunch of BS rhetoric. Trump says he has concerns about pots effect but will wait to make a final decision on recreational marijuana.
But at 5:25 Trump says”By the way,medical marijuana, medical, I am in favor of it 100%.” Trump goes on to say he knows people it has helped.
Donald Trump says he’s never smoked pot and in fact he says he doesn’t drink or smoke anything. But he’s for medical marijuana.
You either love Trump or hate him but most would agree he is straight up and calls it like he sees it. So as far as how Trump stands on marijuana I really believe him.
Trump On Marijuana?
Ironically Trump and Sanders are the most likely presidential candidates to end marijuana prohibition.
Being a business man I am sure he sees the potential of marijuana legalization. The billions it could bring to the economy, the jobs it would create and the potential revenue taxing it could bring in.
More Republican Presidential Pot Politics
The Republican side is different and I thought most candidates were against it. Gov. Christie, who thankfully is no longer in the race came out definitely against marijuana legalization and is one reason the state’s medical marijuana program is so restrictive and taking so long to ramp up.
Rubio On Pot? He Wont Say
Marco Rubio won’t say whether he ever smoked weed or not and his statements show he is definitely against recreational use.
Well, I’ve said that I’m open to medicinal uses of anything, and particularly marijuana. And if, in fact, it goes through the FDA process and you can come up with a proven medicinal benefit to that substance, I’m open to that. I’m not in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, and I never have been. http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Marco_Rubio_Drugs.htm
Cruz Smoked Dope
Ted Cruz admits to smoking pot as a teenager but I thought Ted Cruz would be against marijuana. As a supporter of conservative constitutionalism he takes the states rights position and has said the states should decide for themselves.
Appearing at the conservative conference CPAC earlier this year, Ted Cruz made clear that he would not crack down on legal marijuana should his presidential bid be successful. http://marijuanapolitics.com/ted-cruz-evolves-on-cannabis-changes-position-on-marijuana-legalization/
Jeb Bush Stoner
Jeb Bush was a stoner at college but apparently thinks others should not be able to make their own choices. He opposed Florida efforts to legalize medical marijuana. Nuff said.
While Bush has personally campaigned against medical marijuana, he agreed with Paul that states like Colorado should be allowed to decide marijuana laws for themselves. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeb-bush-marijuana_us_55fa259de4b0fde8b0ccf674
John Kasich Says He Did It Too
Kasich is by and large anti drug especially on recreational marijuana although he is against throwing people in prison for it. However he has shown some flexibility on medical use.
“We don’t want to put people in prison,” Kasich said, pointing to Ohio’s program expunging the records of non-violent offenders. “I don’t want to ruin anybody’s life… We don’t want to be in a position to demonize people, I just don’t want to legalize drugs.”
While Kasich stood by his opposition to recreational pot during the interview with Colbert, he indicated he’d be willing to consider allowing medical marijuana use if doctors were also on board. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-kasich-stephen-colbert-marijuana_us_563e198fe4b0411d307142dd
Some of these guys won’t ever make it through the primaries and there is no guarantee that Trump or Sanders will ever be president either.
But at least for now it looks like there will be several more states that legalize recreational marijuana in November. The momentum for legalization will continue to grow and it doesn’t look like anyone is going to try and stop it, even if they could.
Of course we all know politicians can turn on a dime and change positions but for now it looks like we will have a new President and a bunch of new states where marijuana is legal.