We’re in the middle of presidential candidacy announcements, as Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced their interest in becoming the 2020 Democratic nominees, Senator Kamala Harris will likely announce her own campaign in a few days, and other minor candidates have also announced their intentions to run.
Most of these candidates, seeing as they’re all Democrats, support legalizing marijuana. But there are some possible 2020 candidates that do not support legalized cannabis, writes Joseph Misulonas.
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Here are six possible 2020 candidates who don’t support legalized marijuana:
1. Donald Trump
This is sort of a tough one. President Trump has on multiple occasions that he supports medical marijuana and allowing states to make their own cannabis laws. However, he also appointed notorious anti-cannabis crusader Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General and has not done anything for marijuana reform since entering the Oval Office. So at the very least, it’s clear Trump doesn’t really care about marijuana legalization, but it’s unlikely he’ll actively oppose it.
2. Mike Pence
If Trump were to be impeached or removed from office before the 2020 election, Vice President Pence would likely become a frontrunner for the Republican nomination. And even if Trump is still president, Pence would be his running mate, which would make him a 2020 candidate still. Pence has staunchly stated his opposition to marijuana legalization, and believes the drug is dangerous for people. Ironically, Pence has also written op-eds defending cigarette companies and saying people are buying into the hysteria around smoking deaths.
3. Jeff Flake
The former Arizona Senator is one of the few Republicans who has expressed interest in challenging Trump for the Republican nomination. Flake’s position on marijuana legalization is almost impossible to determine. He signed onto a statement from the Republican Liberty Caucus saying the War on Drugs has been a failure and that states should make their own marijuana laws. But there doesn’t seem to be any other statements or votes in which Flake has upheld that statement.
4. Michael Bloomberg
The former mayor of New York City may run as a Democrat in 2020 despite running as a Republican during his mayoral elections. Despite holding many progressive views, Bloomberg opposes marijuana legalization and just today said he thinks places like Canada and the United States legalizing cannabis doesn’t make any sense.
5. Sherrod Brown
Brown, a Senator from Ohio, has a somewhat mixed record on marijuana. He has stated in recent years his support for medical marijuana and allowing states to make their own laws. But he’s also made many statements about his concern about the dangers of marijuana as a gateway drug, and expressed skepticism that it’s the right thing to do. He probably wouldn’t actively fight marijuana legalization as president, but he probably wouldn’t help it either.
6. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar is a Senator from Minnesota and, like Brown, has a mixed record on marijuana. She supports allowing states to make their own marijuana laws, but she’s refused to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans and has also not supported ending marijuana prohibition at the federal level.