Last night was the first democratic debate and of course the two front runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were asked about their positions on legalizing marijuana. Both agreed that the criminal system needs to be reformed and we need to stop locking people up for these non-violent crimes. Now that we got what they both agreed with out of the way, let’s discuss what they disagreed with.
It was great that both candidates were asked separately about the issue, and both interestingly gave black and white initial responses. Hillary started her argument with a firm “NO!” and Bernie with a surprised sounding “I suspect I would vote yes” when asked if he would vote given the chance to for Nevada’s ballot initiatives.
If you are in-favor of the legalization movement, you definitely likes Bernie’s answer better, it was more reassuring he would help cannabis businesses grow and evolve and the movement may grow faster with a Sanders presidency. Here below is his response, it also gathered a much larger round of applause than Hillary’s answer.
Hillary’s response was not so confidant, when she says things like “We need to find out a lot more than we know today” it sounds like old 90’s talking points, the reefer madness era. What information does Hillary need? What study is needed to be done to prove to Hilary that cannabis is safer than alcohol, cigarettes, and even SUGAR! And it needs to be regulated just like any of those industries. Hillary will likely get a pass from a lot of cannabis activists, because she did support medical laws and basically said ‘I’m against recreational legalization, but also against prohibition’ if that’s not pandering I don’t know what is. Here is Clinton’s response below.