Where Do The Presidential Candidates Stand on Legalizing Marijuana?

Posted: Apr 20, 2016 12:15 PM

Today, April 20, is a day that has come to be known among marijuana enthusiasts as "420," an unofficial holiday of sorts. Across the country, people gather to partake in the drug and celebrate cannabis culture.

In honor of this "holiday," here's a look at where the presidential candidates stand on legalizing marijuana:

Hillary Clinton: She's not a fan of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, but thinks states are free to do their own experiments with legalizing marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes. She also thinks that marijuana should not be a Schedule I drug and should be reclassified for research purposes.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Ted Cruz has evolved on the issue of marijuana within the last few years. While Cruz used to be very opposed to any form of legalization, he said in an interview in Colorado that while he personally would not vote to legalize marijuana in his home state of Texas, he respects the right of Coloradans who voted to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in their state. Essentially, Cruz takes a 10th Amendment stance on the issue.

Gov. John Kasich: Not in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but is willing to consider legalizing medical marijuana. Groups in Ohio are hoping to put a medical marijuana question on the ballot this November.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): Bernie Sanders is a big proponent of legalizing marijuana for recreational use on the federal level. A Vine of a Sanders' fan's stunned reaction to his position on marijuana went viral last last year.

Donald Trump: Donald Trump is in favor of making medical marijuana available to those who want it. On the issue of recreational legalization, he thinks that it should be done on a state-by-state basis.