Marijuana legalization is one of the top topics on the stage for all Presidential candidates in the 2016 Presidential election. Republicans Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump on marijuana legalization have all different views on this topic. Let’s compare these three candidates and their views on marijuana legalization.
More Republicans are trying to be “open minded” but very careful with their statements about legalization marijuana on the federal level. Twenty-three states have legalized marijuana for medical use but the restrictions vary from state to state.
Donald Trump has made a clear statement that he supports individual states decisions and is not against legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. During the 90s, Trump was in favor to legalize all kinds of drugs as the way, how to fight the “drug war”. His views changed dramatically and in 2015 he responded to question about legalization marijuana in Colorado State; ”I say it’s bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad, and I feel strongly about it.”
Trump isn’t the only one, who changes his statements about marijuana legalization. Ted Cruz was in favor of prohibition of marijuana at a conference held by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. One of his interview in 2015 recorded Cruz, saying; “I don’t support drug legalization, but I do support the Constitution. I think individual states can choose to adopt it. So if Texas had it on the ballot, I’d vote against it, but I respect the authority of states to follow different policies.” Cruz is not in favor of legalizing marijuana but he supports the individual rights of the state to the law.
Senator Marco Rubio is one of the top three runners for the nomination of GOP. His view on marijuana legalization is one of the “toughest one” from all of the nominees. On the question of marijuana legalization on the state level, he responded; “I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don’t agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don’t have a right to write federal policy as well.” His answer and statements are a bit confusing. It is not clear if he is in favor or against legalization of medical marijuana on the federal level.
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