What does Hillary think of marijuana?
Posted on July 25 2016
The Associated Press has called the nomination for Hillary, after taking into account super delegates who had pledged to vote for her. Hillary Clinton has a the best chance out of anyone on the more liberal side of politics to become the next President of the United States, so where does she stand on legalisation of marijuana?
The first thing you have to realise, before analysing any of Hillary Clinton’s policies, is that she doesn’t really have any. Hillary in 2016 in a different candidate to Hillary in 2012, who is in turn a different candidate to any of the Hillarys before her. This makes it hard to actually work out where she stands on a subject, especially one with such changing attitudes as the legalisation of marijuana.
Hillary appears to have changed her mind when it comes to marijuana. She previously expressed that she wasn’t even supportive of decriminalization, but did want research into its purported benefits. Then, more recently, she said “I think we need to be very clear about the benefits of marijuana use for medicinal purposes. I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet.”, appearing to support the use of medical marijuana. It seems that when it comes to legal marijuana for recreational use, she is reserving judgement, which is a particularly common thing for the former foreign secretary to do.
She has called states like Colorado and Washington “laboratories of democracy.” Clinton claims to be holding out on forming her opinion until she has the evidence from the two states. Her change of heart mirrors that of the Democratic Party, which, as of late, has become more amenable to the case for making marijuana legal for adults to use, medically or otherwise.
Whatever her actual position is, as we’ve seen in the past, politicians don’t tend to actually make a difference in the fight for legal marijuana, as we’ve seen the only progress come from popular ballot initiatives. The power is with the people on this one it seems.