Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has come out in favor of legalizing cannabis for medical reasons, saying that his stance on the issue has evolved throughout the years.
“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer — I would have said no”, Senator Reid said in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, which was published earlier today. “But I can’t say that anymore. I think we need to take a real close look at this. I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana.”
Senator Reid’s support is a massive step forward for the movement to legalize medical cannabis, given that he has more legislative power than any other individual, other than the president and the Speaker of the House.
Despite supporting cannabis law reform in any capacity being, for a long time, considered a political ‘third wheel”, supporting cannabis medical legalization isn’t controversial; in fact, recent polling has shown nationwide support for legalizing medical cannabis at around 85%.