The Shaky Relationship Between Politicians and Weed
Posted on June 01 2016
Most people who smoke marijuana are generally proud of the fact, and a majority of stoners advertise and promote its use on numerous platforms. This is not a bad thing, as those who smoke marijuana know can help you socialise (though mainly with others who smoke the herb) whilst also having a plethora of other positive effects, for instance it can help boost creativity and also may have, thus far, not completely specified medicinal qualities.
Yet there are groups of people who choose to distance themselves completely from the topic, these are the politicians. This was thrust into the limelight back in September when Republican presidential nominee and notable ruffler of feathers, Donald Trump ridiculed then candidate Jeb Bush for him saying that he ‘smoked marijuana 40 years ago’ by jokingly commenting, “Are we sure it was only 40 years ago?” Before further captioning the clip of Bush’s marijuana statement on Instagram with ‘Jeb has been confused for forty years’ this associating of confusion and dopiness, without outright condemning it, helps further the negative stigma of cannabis usage and goes someway to explaining the current roadblocks preventing the wholesale legalisation and decriminalisation of the substance.
However it’s not merely the right-wing of American politics who’s stance on marijuana has been somewhat hazy, the left wing has had a tendency to flip-flop on the issue also. Democratic frontrunner, potential succubus and known hypocrite Hillary Clinton has shown perhaps the most ambiguous views on the matter, by originally suggesting in 2011 that legalising any drugs would be impossible as ‘theres too much money in it’ perhaps failing to realise that the amount of money in the drug trade stems from the fact that they are illegal. But during her recent political campaign Mrs Clinton appears to have changed her tune, perhaps hoping to piggyback off the success Colorado and Washington have had since they completely legalised marijuana, by describing the states which have already legalised marijuana as ‘laboratories of democracy’.With the boom in legalisations and decriminalizations across the US it is likely that, in the future, we will see a growing number of politicians coming out in favour of marijuana or at least not wholly condemning it.