If you haven't noticed, voting season is starting to get underway this week with the Iowa Caucuses. Now, before we anoint President Clinton as the new leader of the free world, let's take a look at who the best choices for president would be if we were just looking at their stance on medical marijuana and the legalization of marijuana.
To update those that are still unfamiliar with the status of pot at the Federal level (mind you, all the news and changes you are seeing are at the State level), it still considered a Class 1 drug, in the same group as heroin. Right now opiates and heroin are by far the biggest drug problem that America faces, as President Obama is seeking a new $1 billion dollars to fight the war on opiates and heroin. What makes heroin so dangerous now as opposed to past times? It can now be snorted, crushed, and placed under the tongue so many kids are trying it for the first time. (i.e. No more needles in the arm).
Does our friend Mary Jane belong in this class? No way. Let's get it at least classified as a Class 2 drug, much like alcohol. This would allow for interstate commerce of the drug and allow the government to set standards similar to alcohol laws for the drugs. No driving while on marijuana, home ownership up 3 ounces, and you can't carry more than 1 ounce on your body, etc. etc.
So who is the best guy or gal for president if you are just voting your pipe right now?
1. Bernie Sanders - Can you Feel The Bern! You guessed it, the man from Vermont has already introduced a bill in congress to legalize marijuana at the Federal level. During the first 2016 Democratic presidential debate, Bernie said he would vote “yes” on an initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. When asked if he supported the vote on legalization on the State wide level, he said, “I suspect I would vote yes. And I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana. I think we have to think through this war on drugs which has done an enormous amount of damage.”
Bernie gets 5 bong hits out of 5 for his open mind and full support.
2. Hillary Clinton - It is not a shock that a Democrat is actually second in line as Hillary has gone on record that she is in favor of reclassifying the drug from a Class 1 to a Class 2. When asked about the subject she has said that medical evidence is growing that more research and work is needed and that there is value to the medical aspect.
Now, we all know that Hillary will stay neutral on almost every subject until absolutely forced to pick a side. With Hillary already conceding the reclassification, we know which way the momentum is going with California voting in 2016. California is the largest state GDP in the USA and would be the 3rd largest in Europe if it was a country across the Atlantic.
Couple that with Canada going full legal with their new Prime Minister (and the fact we share 1,800 miles of wooded border with them), and Mexico (more border stuff but with bigger fences) quickly setting up to cash on this new crop, Hillary will have no choice but to move closer to legalization. The tax revenue alone for states like California and Illinois will make in a no brainer, not to mention the money the Federal government from testing, growers, distributors, etc.
We give Hillary 4 bong hits out of 5.
3. The Donald - Was he a toker, a smoker, or even more in his early years? Donald Trump has come out against a Federal law on marijuana (What!??!) but has said he supports the medical marijuana movement and the laws should be left to a state by state decision. Since most States are going the way of medical and sometimes then recreational, we can live with the Donald in the White House on this subject. He would just put it off to the States to decide, once California goes, so do all the states headed East. It will become about tax dollars and "beggar they neighbor", so no one wants to see the state next to you getting an extra $8,000,000 in tax revenue you could have had a piece of as well.
We give The Donald 3 out of 5 bong hits.
4. Ted Cruz - Believe it or not, this conservative Senator has shifted more to the middle and although he opposes the Federal allowance of marijuana by adults, he says States should have the right to decide on their own policy. This is a move to the middle of his previous opinions where he was critical of the Obama administration for not enforcing Federal law in states like Colorado and Oregon when they went legal on pot at the state level.
We don't love the choice, but at least he lets the States decide...
We give Ready Teddy a 2 out of 5 bong hits.
Guys You Don't Want....
Public Enemy #1 - Chris Christie - The worst choice as he said he would put pot heads back to the stone age on medical and recreational use...Thank God his numbers are so low.
Public Enemy#2 - Marco Rubio - A strong conservative who has gone the wrong direction as the campaign as gone on and is not entirely against pot in almost all forms on the legal front. He is trying to win the conservative vote from Cruz so he needs to get further to the RIGHT and win over hard core conservatives.
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