As the Trump administration begins to crack down on states that legalized marijuana, advocates for legalization hope Democrats will take their side.
But many Democrats are still squeamish about fully embracing the drug.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would reverse the policy from the Obama administration that restricted federal prosecution of marijuana offenses in states where it was legalized.
When asked, Democratic senators were cagey about how they felt about getting behind full legalization for recreational purposes, even in states that have taken the plunge.
Both California and Nevada voted in 2016 to legalize marijuana. But the two senators elected from those states that year sound less enthusiastic than the voters.
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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s communications director Ray Benitez said Cortez Masto does not support legalization but will defend the interests of her state in the face of Sessions’ actions.
“Because that is up to the voter, she is standing up for what voters want,” he said. “She’s a big believer in defending and supporting states rights.”
Tyrone Gayle, press secretary for Sen. Kamala Harris, said she supports reclassifying marijuana from a Schedule I drug, in the same class as heroin and LSD, to Schedule II, which includes pharmaceutical drugs “with a high potential for abuse.”
But Harris also “believes states should be allowed to do what they want,” Gayle said.
California’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, who opposed the state’s efforts to legalize marijuana in 2016, dodged the question when asked about Sessions’ move to ramp up federal prosecution.
“It’s all unclear to me, and it’d be helpful to