Clinton Declines To Take Position On Legalizing Marijuana

Hillary Clinton declined to directly weigh in on whether she would support states’ moves to legalize marijuana.

Her comment came after Bernie Sanders said he suspected he would support moves by states to legalize marijuana.

“I suspect I would vote yes,” Sanders said. “I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives destroyed over non-violent offenses.”

Clinton was then asked if she was ready to take a position on marijuana.

“No,” she responded.

 

GOP Contenders Just Saying No To Fight Against Pot

GOP presidential candidates are by and large staying away from the debate over marijuana legalization, an issue once embraced by Republican occupants of the White House. 

They have stayed largely silent as support for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana has gained public support. 
 
Fifty-three percent of adults nationwide say marijuana should be legal, while 43 percent say the opposite, according to a CBS News poll from April.  
 
A Pew Research Center poll from March found a similar margin. 
 
Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and Alaska have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while another five will vote on the question in 2016. 
 
Only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and long-shot candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) support a federal crackdown on state policies legalizing cannabis, which is still classified as a Schedule I drug — the most dangerous category, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. 
 

Medical Marijuana Measure Could Help Florida Democrats Reach Young Voters In Midterm Elections

FLORIDA: Florida Democrats hope medical marijuana is the cure to their midterm blues.

Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use. The measure is particularly popular with young voters, a critical part of the Democratic coalition that has historically abandoned midterm elections. Democrats are hoping the issue repeats the spikes in youth turnout that coincided with marijuana measures in Washington and Colorado in 2012.

Florida could be a critical test case for whether those increases were an anomaly or the start of a trend in advance of the presidential election in 2016, when activists plan to launch legalization campaigns in at least six states.

Dems Rally Around Marijuana In 2014 Push

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Lawmakers across the country are turning to relaxed marijuana laws as a winning issue ahead of 2014.

A bi-partisan group of House members sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday morning requesting a change in federal marijuana policy. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon led the group of 17 Democrats plus California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in the drafting of the letter, asking the president to “instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way.” The lawmakers requested the changes in part so that businesses in states where recreational or medical marijuana is legal can deduct business expenses and receive tax credits. [Read more…]

Dems Rally Around Marijuana In 2014 Push

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Lawmakers across the country are turning to relaxed marijuana laws as a winning issue ahead of 2014.

A bi-partisan group of House members sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday morning requesting a change in federal marijuana policy. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon led the group of 17 Democrats plus California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in the drafting of the letter, asking the president to “instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way.” The lawmakers requested the changes in part so that businesses in states where recreational or medical marijuana is legal can deduct business expenses and receive tax credits. [Read more…]