With the 2016 Presidential campaign in full swing, both parties about to hold their primaries. There are quite a few more Republicans running than Democrats. As of now, there are 15 Republicans versus only 3 Democrats currently running for their party's candidacy. Comparing the 3 Democrats (all polling numbers from the Real Clear Politics' data from October 23, 2015), we get a very interesting idea about what a future presidency under each candidate would mean for marijuana laws. In case you don't remember from our previous post, marijuana is the cause of just about half of all drug arrests. We post the latest quotes from each of the candidates below. Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what you think about your favorite candidate's position!
1. Hillary Clinton, 48.2%.
Stance: Clinton has admitted to allowing her stance on marijuana to evolve with time. From telling CNN that she wasn't 100% sure on the effictiveness of medical marijuana and wanted to take a "wait and see" approach.. During the Democratic Presidential Debate on October 13, 2015, however, she threw her full support behind medical marijuana and made the same "wait and see" comment about full legalization.
Latest: On Octber 14, 2015, she told NBC News' Colorado-based affiliate 9News that she would not bring down the federal government's authority on states that have already legalized marijuana.
Contact: As the establishment's favorite to win the Democratic nomination, Clinton's campaign needs to hear from everyone about their thoughts on marijuana legalization and retroactive expungement opportunities.
2. Bernie Sanders, 25.4%.
Stance: Coming from Vermont, a state that has decriminalized marijuana, Sanders is well aware of the differences in state and federal law on the subject. During an AMA on reddit on May 19, 2015, Sanders was asked about his opinion on marijuana. His response was that when he was mayor of Burlington, very few arrests for marijuana related crimes were made because the "police had more important things to do."
Latest: During the Democratic Presidential debate that took place on October 13, 2015, Sanders was the first and only candidate on either side to say "yes" when asked if he would vote to legalize marijuana. He is also the only one who has suggested that he would end the War on Drugs.
Contact: Bernie Sanders doesn't have an official contact page, but he does have various social media accounts available under the "More..." button on his homepage. Use your platform of choice to tell him that the most important part about ending the War on Drugs is retroactive expungement of records.
3. Martin O'Malley, 0.6%.
Stance: On January 7, 2014, he parroted the same myth about marijuana being a gateway drug. On July 31, 2015, O'Malley told Ebony that he would reduce marijuana's status from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug, alongside cocaine and meth.
Latest: On October 9, 2015, O'Malley changed his tune to say he'd want to "wait and see" what happens in Colorado.
Contact: Martin O'Malley doesn't have an official contact page either, but his social media accounts are on the top right of his official page where you can tell him your thoughts. You can also point out the importance of expungement on a national scale.