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Will Marijuana Legalization Be a Big Issue In 2016?

If you’ve picked up a newspaper, switched on the TV, or hopped online at any point in the last few weeks, you know what the hottest topic of conversation in the country is: the 2016 presidential election. Even though we are still in the early months of 2015, politicians have been announcing their candidacy and getting their stances on certain issues marijuana-legalization-2016established. Of the many pressing concerns of Americans that will no doubt take center stage in the 2016 election, will marijuana legalization be one of them? Read on to learn more.

Where Do the Current Candidates for the 2016 Election Stand on Marijuana Legalization?

The candidates who have already announced that they are running have their own unique perspectives on marijuana legalization.

  • Republican candidate Marco Rubio has spoken out in support of marijuana- medical marijuana only, that is. He also disapproves of the use of marijuana that has, as he puts it “mind-altering” capabilities and only supports medical marijuana that is restricted to treating pain, not causing highs.
  • Republican candidate Ted Cruz has established his current position as being in favor of letting states decide what their own marijuana laws will be. In the past, Cruz had criticized the Obama administration for not stepping in to enforce federal law in states where marijuana has been legalized, such as Colorado and Washington.
  • Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has spoken out in support of medical marijuana legalization and has also called for more research to be done to establish the positives and negatives of this type of marijuana usage.
  • Republican candidate Rand Paul was one of a group of senators who introduced a bill that would bring an end to the federal ban on medical marijuana and supports the decriminalization of the drug.

It remains to be seen whether other contenders such as Martin O’Malley, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Chris Christie will join the 2016 election race. If and when they do, however, the American public will no doubt be interested to see what their take on marijuana legalization is. For some voters, a candidate’s position on this issue could become a make-or-break factor in their final voting decision. Recent polls have shown that more than 50 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, which is an unprecedentedly high number.

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