Another 4 years have passed (almost), and it’s just about time for ridiculous political ads and heated debates that will inevitably determine who will head this country for the next few years. Clearly, marijuana legalization has been a hot topic as of late, and it’s looking like our next president may have to be pro-pot in order to win the vote. Here’s why.
The three major swing states — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — are pro-pot, according to Quinnipiac University’s Swing State Poll. If the next presidential candidate wants the backing of these states, it looks like he will have to be as well.
Eighty-four percent of both Ohio and Florida residents support medical marijuana, and the number comes in ever higher in Pennsylvania at 88%. Anywhere from 51% to 55% of these residents also support recreational use. Not only this, but in these states, marijuana legalization is at the top of their list as far as political interests are concerned. Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell said, “These results show that marijuana legalization is a mainstream issue that ambitious politicians should try to latch onto instead of run away from.”
It is important to note that, according to Quinnipiac University (which is a politically independent school), no candidate in the last 55 years has won an election without winning at least two out of these three states.
“If the next president isn’t willing to personally support ending prohibition as the best policy approach, he or she at least needs to push for changing federal laws so that seriously ill people can use medical marijuana without fear of being harassed by the DEA. Medical marijuana polls way better with voters than any presidential candidate does,” Angell explains.
Rand Paul, who officially announced his candidacy for president this week, is one of the co-sponsors of the CARERS Act, which proposes huge marijuana policy reform.