This Presidential Candidate Plans To Fully Legalize Marijuana

This presidential candidate wants to legalize marijuana

If you said a decade ago that marijuana would be one of the key issues that would decide our next president, I’d probably have chuckled. However, the reality is that marijuana is very much entrenched as a hot-button issue in the 2016 elections. Believe it: marijuana is a hot-button issue With the rare exception, marijuana’s Read the full article…

How Evolving Public Attitudes On Marijuana Could Affect The 2016 Presidential Race

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a town hall meeting with students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, October 28, 2015.

Pot is very much on the minds of voters, with millions poised to decide whether to legalize it. That raises a tantalizing question for presidential candidates: Is there political opportunity in the wind? Some are beginning to believe there is. The latest sign was the full-throated call last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders to end Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders’s Not-So-Radical Marijuana Idea

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a town hall meeting with students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, October 28, 2015.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Two candidates nodded to liberalizing standards about marijuana in the United States on Wednesday—one expected, one a little more surprising. In the latter case, Senator Ted Cruz offered, during the GOP debate, to buy CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla “some famous Colorado brownies.” Meanwhile, across the country in Virginia, Senator Bernie Sanders called for the Read the full article…

Sanders Proposes Nixing Marijuana From Federal List Of Dangerous Drugs

"It's a state and a federal issue. The federal issue is that we should remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act. That's a federal decision,"

VIRGINIA: Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced his support Wednesday for removing marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs outlawed by the federal government — a move that would free states to legalize it without impediments from Washington. The self-described “democratic socialist” senator from Vermont shared his proposal during a nearly two-hour town hall meeting Read the full article…

Carly Fiorina Suggested Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than Alcohol. She’s Wrong.

This distinction should be a big deal for Fiorina and other presidential candidates: Getting this right isn't just a matter of being informed; it's also key to understanding some of the major issues surrounding marijuana, alcohol, and drug policy today.

During her factually troubled debate performance last week, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina accidentally made at least one somewhat accurate remark: “We are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having beer. It’s not.” Fiorina is right — just not in the way she meant. She was arguing that pot is more Read the full article…

All Of These Presidential Candidates Have Admitted Smoking Marijuana

Sen. Rand Paul asserted that “kids who had privilege like [Bush]” are often given a pass when it comes to admitting past drug use, whereas people from poorer backgrounds — often minorities — are more likely to go to prison for using marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: One of the lighter moments of Wednesday’s epic slog of a Republican presidential primary debate came when former Florida governor Jeb Bush joked that his mother, the former first lady, would not be happy that he admitted having smoked marijuana “40 years ago.” The line got a fair amount of laughs from the audience, but Read the full article…

Colorado Marijuana Law Point Of Contention During GOP Debate; Bush Smoked 40 Years Ago

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders told a live audience of more than 1,700 students, which erupted with applause. “That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

CALIFORNIA: Colorado’s recreational marijuana law took center stage for a time during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night. It certainly was a political point of contention. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his position that if he’s elected president, he would enforce the federal law and make it illegal to smoke marijuana recreationally in Colorado. Jeb Read the full article…

Elizabeth Warren Urges Feds To Support Research On Medical Marijuana’s Benefits

While the federal government has emphasized research on the potential harms associated with the use of marijuana, there is still very limited research on the potential health benefits of marijuana -- despite the fact that millions of Americans are now eligible by state law to use the drug for medical purposes,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The federal government has a “responsibility” to facilitate sensible research into marijuana’s medical benefits, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other senators urged in a letter issued last week to multiple federal drug and health officials. “While the federal government has emphasized research on the potential harms associated with the use of marijuana, Read the full article…

A Republican President Could Kill The Cannabis Industry

The governor, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," said his administration would use federal rules that outlaw marijuana to clamp down on states that legalized recreational pot use.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The election of a conservative Republican as President could roll back the gains made in the legalization of marijuana. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a bold stand recently and said if he were elected, he would work to reverse what has happened under President Obama. While its doubtful Christie would be elected Read the full article…

Marijuana Policy In 2015: Eight Big Things To Watch

As 2015 begins, it will be crucial to identify state legislative proposals involving marijuana policy and monitor their progress during the legislative sessions.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  One certainty about 2015 is that it marks the start of the 2016 presidential campaign. As Democrats wait to hear about Hillary Clinton’s decision, a slew of Republicans are lining up (quietly or otherwise) to succeed Barack Obama. The next president can have a substantial impact on marijuana policy in the United Read the full article…