Trump on Cannabis and Does it Matter for the Election?
The president’s remarks about legalization on Aug. 17 open a window into the President’s position on cannabis. He’s blatantly against it. Trump does not seem to view cannabis as a potential social good that can help patients and end a terrible public policy that is devastating communities, overcrowding prisons, and causing tax increases. He does seem to consider how it affects his presidency. So, how does Trump — a famous teetotaler — see cannabis affecting him? By bringing out liberal voters. The talk he gave in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, shows that plainly. He said: “The next time you run, please don’t put marijuana on the ballot at the same time you’re running. You brought out like a million people nobody ever knew were coming.” (The cannabis remark comes around 26:37 into the video, when the president is in the middle of praising former Gov. Scott Walker.) With these words, it’s clear: Trump is afraid of cannabis. Is Legalization in the Arena of the Dems? The idea that cannabis legalization is a Democratic issue is nearly carved in stone. The great majority of Republican politicians don’t extend that their freedom-loving ideals toward expanding rights on healthcare, including the right to access a plant that has been a part of human physical and mental medical treatments for centuries. But, does cannabis actually energize and motivate voters who are likely to vote out Republicans? When Trump made his anti-weed remarks, he was referring directly to Wisconsin Gov. Walker, who lost a 2018 re-election bid.…
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