With election season upon us, the last thing I want to do is bombard readers with more political posts than they have already been subjected to. It’s a topic that leaves many emotionally charged, and feeling the need to lash out over social media, but it’s also critical to put aside the political drama during this time and take the opportunity to learn what each nominee really stands for, regardless of who you plan on voting for come November. I’m no political expert by any means, but as an American voter, I find it so important to actually understand the candidates’ views, before making that final decision on the ballot. Of course there are a slew of different views and topics that could be discussed when it comes to the opposing parties, and people would definitely argue that some of these are more important than others, but depending on how you live your life, certain issues may have a particularly bigger impact on you, thus drawing you to pay more attention to them.
Back in September, when the debates were first kicking off and featured all of the interested presidential candidates, I wrote a post discussing each of their stances on marijuana. However, as time has gone on, we’ve already seen plenty of changes occur within this presidential race, including solidifying the final two nominees, therefore, it seemed like the perfect time for an updated look at where both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the subject. Each of the two nominees have visited Colorado during their time spent campaigning, and have used these trips to better learn how legalizing recreational marijuana has played a role in our state’s economy and overall general well-being.
When it comes to the Democratic party, Hillary is a prime example of someone who is willing to change with the times and understand the progression of cannabis happening in our country. She was quoted as saying that states are “laboratories of democracy,” meaning they should determine individually what works for them. Hillz prides herself on never having smoked weed, ever, and made it clear that she isn’t planning on changing that anytime soon. However, she remains pretty open-minded when it comes to medical and recreational weed, and essentially just believes that further research needs to be done to demonstrate its benefits and highlight the possible dangers, before integrating it deeper into communities who opt for legalization. Clinton also supports the idea of reclassifying marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, in order to remove barriers to researching its medical benefits and allow the people who utilize the plant for pain and other health reasons to continue doing so.
Presidential puffing prediction: I wouldn’t want to be the one to make Hillary cave after all these years of pass pass passing, but if she did discover its benefits and wanted to perform her own research on the topic, it’s always fun sharing a bowl with a first-timer.
While Donald Trump may have one of the strongest personalities in the current political race, surprisingly his opinion towards marijuana isn’t one that is very strong at all. In fact, it seems as though his opinion has wavered on the subject through time. Back in the 1990’s, Trump was boldly in favor of legalizing all drugs, most likely basing his opinion from a businessman/revenue aspect. Now, he supports having access to medical marijuana 100%, but is completely against legalizing pot for recreational adult use, even using Colorado as a negative example, claiming that we have bad things going on here because of legalizing it. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump spoke both about the positive effects that medical marijuana can potentially have, but also the amount of problems that legalizing it for recreational purposes has caused. Ultimately, the Republican Party nominee believes that it should really be up to each state individually to decide what their marijuana policy will be, and for once, he and Hillary can actually agree on something.