As the presidential campaign 2016 speeds up and the candidates announce their programs in different social spheres, it goes without saying that the question of marijuana decriminalization and legalization rises in prominence. While some candidates openly share their attitude towards the subject and reveal their own marijuana experience, other candidates seem more hesitant and unsure, sometimes sharing their religious and ethical views on the topic. For instance, Bernie Sanders has declared he would stop the drug war via complete cannabis decriminalization and thereby solve the problem of the prisons’ overcrowding as lots of consumers still go to jail just for responsible weed use in small amounts.
On the other hand, Chris Christie plans to crack down on marijuana hard and enforce the law and federal regulations even for existing medical marijuana programs. This will, of course, force the patients who are currently using medical marijuana to go to the black market and to risk punishment according to the law.
He is not the only Republican candidate in the 2016 elections; moreover, he is not leading in national polls, unlike other Republican, Donald Trump.
Known as a businessman, a host of a reality show and a showman in politics, Trump can be viewed as a Republican leader for the 2016 elections. Since his announcement of his candidacy, he made a number of controversial statements like saying that every immigrant will be deported after he is a president and claiming that all the Mexicans immigrants are criminals. But what are Trump’s views on cannabis legalization?
Earlier Trump showed his support to cannabis consumers and stated that the only way to win the drug war is legalization. In 1990, he claimed that the war on drugs was lost and that there was a need to legalize drugs in order to get more revenue and to prevent black market deals.
Now in his latest interviews he changed his position. He took Colorado as an example to show the disadvantages of the marijuana decriminalization process though it’s unclear which disadvantages did he actually mean: Colorado got new jobs, the state has strengthened its educational funds and the violent crime level dropped greatly.
However, Trump doesn’t deny the right of each state to decide whether they want cannabis to be legalized and is not going to forbid people consume medical marijuana.