2016 is a big year for American weed. Come November, nine states will be voting to legalize marijuana. Five states are voting for recreational use (CA, AZ, ME, MA, NV) while four are voting for medicinal use (AK, FL, MT, ND). This places questions regarding topics like interstate commerce and medical research into the hands of the federal government via the Drug Enforcement Agency. Currently the DEA classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin and cocaine.

The next presidential candidate will play a strong role in pushing us towards laws that favor the legalization of marijuana and the growth of the marijuana industry through jobs, research and commerce. Although the debates are just heating up, here is where the candidates currently stand based on their most recent statements:

 

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Hillary Clinton  “…We have the opportunity through the states that are pursuing recreational marijuana to find out a lot more than we know today.” – CNN Democratic debates

 

 

donaldtrumpDonald Trump “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a
state issue, state-by-state.”  – The Washington Post

 

 

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Gary Johnson “I am the highest-ranking official in the United States to call for the legalization of marijuana.” – International Business Times

 

 

 

Marco Lopez

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