A Breakdown of Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Cannabis

By Tom Angell, Marijuana.com

marijuanawhitehouseThe 2016 presidential field is taking shape, and many of the candidates are weighing in on the debate about marijuana.

Here’s a roundup of what the declared candidates have said about cannabis policy, as well as what they’ve admitted about their own marijuana consumption.

This post will be updated as candidates continue to address the issue. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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Chris Christie: ‘I’m Not Opposed to Medical Marijuana’

medmarDuring the September 16th CNN republican presidential debate, the issue of cannabis law reform came up, which host Jake Tapper called “one of the hottest questions” received by CNN from viewers.

Senator Rand Paul began the debate on the subject by stating, “What the American people don’t like about politics is the hypocrisy”, pointing to he fact that at least one of the candidates on stage has admitted to using cannabis in the past.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, knowing Paul was talking about him, said that “40 years ago I smoked marijuana… I am sure that other people might have done it… and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom’s not happy that I just did.”

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Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Says She Would Support State and Local Cannabis Laws

hillaryPresidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, who’s leading in national Democratic polls, says she would support states and localities that legalize medical and recreational cannabis.

When asked by CNN’s Dan Merica if she would legalize cannabis as president, Clinton said she supports “states and localities that are experimenting with this.”

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Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Announces Legislation to Abolish For-Profit Prisons

Bernie Sanders speaking at the University of Nevada.
Bernie Sanders speaking at the University of Nevada.

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he’ll be filing federal legislation next month to abolish the nation’s for-profit prison system, prohibiting for-profit prisons from operating within the United States.

“When congress reconvenes in September, I will be offering legislation, I will be introducing legislation, which takes corporations out of profiteering from running jails”, Sanders said at a rally on the University of Nevada’s campus which drew an estimated crowd of 5,000.

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Where Do Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana?

By Tom Angell, Marijuana.com

budhouseThe 2016 presidential field is taking shape, and many of the candidates are weighing in on the debate about marijuana.

Here’s a roundup of what the declared candidates have said about cannabis policy, as well as what they’ve admitted about their own marijuana consumption.

This post will be updated as new candidates officially enter the race. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Read moreWhere Do Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana?