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Marijuana Legalization in the 2016 Election

Posted on November 9, 2015

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pot-politics-20151102-story.html

Marijuana legalization will be front and center as we head into the 2016 election cycle.  A large number of states will run legalization initiatives and for the first time, Presidential candidates are being forced to discuss their position on marijuana policy.  Politicians  are finally beginning to embrace ending federal prohibition and the war on drugs.  However, it remains critical that politicians frame the issue carefully, balancing public safety with social justice so they do not alienate voters in swing states.  Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders made a call to end federal prohibition.  Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audiences in Oregon and Colorado that marijuana businesses in states where it is legal need relief from federal restrictions.  As the election cycle continues on, both the republican and democratic presidential candidates will continue to discuss their position on marijuana legalization.  Stay tuned!