One of the biggest social issues among the presidential campaigns is marijuana. All of the Republicans besides Rand Paul are under the same position as Reagan during his era. On the other side, the Democrats are fighting to be more lenient on the issue. The prominent marijuana supporter is Bernie Sanders. Not too long ago, he introduced a bill called, “The Ending Federal Prohibition on Marijuana Act of 2015.” The bill’s main purpose is to reschedule marijuana to make it legal on the federal level. Sanders and Paul have already teamed up as sponsors of the CARERS Act, but Sanders’s bill goes even further than that.
“Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to remove cannabis from federal jurisdiction. His bid for the Democratic nominee for the 2016 election is being bolstered by his public endorsement of cannabis,” according to Jamie Rosen, CEO of Dr. Dabber.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is more focused on medicinal forms of marijuana. Clinton would like to reschedule it as well, but not as far as Sanders. She would reschedule it to a level where research would be allowed on medical marijuana. Even then, though, she will not interfere with states that vote to legalize marijuana.
“I would like to move it from what is called Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 so that researchers at universities, National Institutes of Health can start researching what is the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications,” Clinton announced.
Clinton has barely approached the issue before; instead, she claimed that she would like to “wait and see” when asked how she feels about complete legalization. Clinton is known as a huge supporter of medical marijuana, but this is the first time that she has taken a clear stance on recreational marijuana. Since Rand Paul is not very supported in the Republican Party, Sanders seems to be the key to marijuana reform in the United States.