With Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump notching primary victories in Iowa and New Hampshire this month, legal marijuana proponents and opponents gained insight into whether the next commander in chief is likely to advance pro-pot legislation or enforce federal marijuana laws at the state level.
What could be in store for the marijuana movement if Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, or Trump wins in November? Read on to find out.
Hillary’s wait-and-see approach
When it comes to marijuana policy, Hillary believes that states can serve as a testing ground for national policy.
Generally, the former Secretary of State advocates watchful waiting when it comes to marijuana legalization, but she does support shifting marijuana to a class II drug from a class I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
With marijuana designated as a class I drug, research on the substance highly restricted. Making the switch to class II could make it easier for researchers to study marijuana and gain greater insight into marijuana quality, dosing, and the prescription drugs to avoid when using it.
Hillary also says we should stop imprisoning people for marijuana use, though declaring marijuana a class II drug wouldn’t eliminate the risk that the federal government will intervene at the state level and enforce federal marijuana laws. Therefore it’s uncertain how she plans to reduce imprisonment for marijuana use.
Overall, Clinton may be best described as a cautious supporter of marijuana legalization.