When it comes to the current US presidential election, neither of the top candidates supports full-on legalization. This is unfortunate for many cannabis activists and herb lovers out there. But, which candidate is the most progressive about the herb? In a battle between Trump vs. Clinton, who is more pro-cannabis?
Trump vs Clinton
Surprisingly, cannabis is an area where Clinton and Trump sort of agree. Both are in favor of medical cannabis and both have stated that they would respect state decisions regarding the herb.
Overall, this is good news for herb lovers. As far as cannabis is concerned, it seems like the each candidate will more or less accept voter decision on the matter.
However, the two candidates have different views on some very important details. These include criminal justice reform and DEA scheduling. Here’s how they each stack up.
It’s unclear what path Trump will take (if any) on medical cannabis reform. He has come out in support of medical cannabis but has yet to say anything about rescheduling or doing anything other than letting states decide.
In an interview with Washington Post last year, Trump explained:
I think medical should happen— right? Don’t we agree? And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.
One thing that is certain is that Trump is definitely conservative when it comes to criminal justice reform. He is against restoring voting rights to former felons, wants the mandatory death penalty for “cop killers”, and supports the privatization of prisons.
Back in the 1990s, Trump indicated that the only way to win the War on Drugs is to legalize. Now, however, Trump suggests that the way to win the Drug War is to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
As mentioned earlier, both Clinton and Trump plan to allow medical cannabis and each have stated support for State’s rights. However, Clinton has said a few more words on the subject than Trump has.
Specifically, she has articulated that she would like to reschedule cannabis from a Schedule 1 substance to a Schedule 2.
Schedule 2 would mean that the herb would still be under tight control, but pharmaceutical companies would be able to make drugs with the plant. It would also open up some barriers to research and allow doctors to prescribe the herb, after FDA approval.
Clinton and Trump couldn’t be more different when it comes to criminal justice reform. Clinton is against private prisons, pro-voting rights for former felons, and advocates the limited use of the death penalty. Clinton also plans to reform mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.
There’s some indication that Clinton may make more progressive steps for federal regulation on the medical front. So, if she is elected, we may see some movement there.
Overall, however, Trump and Clinton have similar views about cannabis. Let’s hope they both stick to their guns and allow states to decide.
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