For the first time in U.S. history, all candidates running for president support some form of marijuana legalization.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren has even evolved her perception of marijuana, The Boston Globe notes. Warren’s position on marijuana changed about four years ago when she indicated she was open to marijuana legalization in Massachusetts in 2015.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris is the controversial supporter due to her previous position as a district attorney. But, she’s admitted to using marijuana and also cited her family’s Jamaican heritage as a means for indicating she’s always supported legalization.
Democratic national campaign strategist John Lapp said, “There’s been a tremendous evolution – marijuana legalization, if you look back, was really something for fringe candidates. It’s just not very controversial at all now.”
Recent polls show that 62% of Americans support legalization, compared to 2008 where that support was a mere 35%.
Some of the shift of opinion is accredited to the attractiveness of the tax revenue and job creation that this exciting industry can bring to state and local governments.
Currently, Massachusetts’ Governor, Bill Weld, is the only Republican opponent to President Trump. He supports legalization and has for quite some time.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar recently said she supports marijuana legalization and that states should have the right to handle legalization how they see fit.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Corey Booker said, “I am pleased to see public sentiment moving as it is, but I have an approach to marijuana legalization that sees it as a justice issue and not just as an adult-use issue. The damage that the enforcement and prohibition has done to our country is outrageous, unacceptable, and violates our values.”
Former Colorado Governor and Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said, “The states should have that ability to go ahead and legalize it, and the federal government should be their partner in this and not their adversary.”