Here’s what some of the prospective 2016 presidential hopefuls have to say about the legalization of marijuana:
Former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, all Republicans, made their comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland last week, responding to questions from talk-show host Sean Hannity of the Fox News Channel. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, disclosed her views in June in an interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN.
Asked what he thought of Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana in 2012, Bush replied: “I thought it was a bad idea, but states ought to have the right to do it.”
Asked the same question, Cruz said: “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.”
He said it’s “yet to be determined” whether legalization is a good or bad idea in Colorado, but he added: “I think freedom for the most part is a good thing. States’ rights is a good thing.”
In the CNN interview, she said: “On recreational (marijuana), states are the laboratories of democracy. We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is.”
“Hillary Clinton has said she would end medical marijuana raids against users in states in which the use is legal. Clinton is not supportive of the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes….”
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has been spouting off this week about marijuana. While she doesn’t personally endorse legalizing the “complex chemical substance,” Fiorina told Fox & Friends Tuesday that she supports the right of states such as Colorado to “make that choice.”
“While I don’t support legalized marijuana for a whole host of reasons, including the fact that this is a very complex chemical substance, and when we tell young people it is just like drinking a beer, we are not telling them the truth.
But I think Colorado voters made a choice, I don’t support their choice, but I do support their right to make that choice.”