Wow – it’s been a while. Apologies to everyone for the slowdown in blog posts, things should return to normal after the Presidential Election.
The last few months have been exciting for the industry – with Ohio and Pennsylvania ramping up its medical cannabis program, Illinois adding PTSD, terminal illnesses, and extending its Pilot Program, New York laying the groundwork to expand its medical cannabis program, and five states seemingly on the way to adding adult-use cannabis to their states (CA, NV, AZ, MA, ME for those keeping score) on November 8.
But of course the biggest news centers around the next U.S. President to be elected November 8 – whoever she happens to be.
It’s increasingly clear that barring a Noah’s Ark-level world event, Hillary Clinton will be the next POTUS.
So – what on earth does this mean for cannabis? The truth is, we don’t know with certainty, but we have a few clues.
Hillary wants to reschedule cannabis to Schedule II under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.
“As president, Hillary will build on the important steps announced today by rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance. She will also ensure Colorado, and other states that have enacted marijuana laws, can continue to serve as laboratories of democracy.” [said Maya Harris, Clinton campaign policy advisor].
Hillary is opposed to legalizing cannabis (as of March ’14):
URSULA BURNS: So long means thumbs up, short means thumbs down; or long means I support, short means I don’t. I’m going to start with — I’m going to give you about ten long-shorts.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Even if you could make money on a short, you can’t answer short.
URSULA BURNS: You can answer short, but you got to be careful about letting anybody else know that. They will bet against you. So legalization of pot?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Short in all senses of the word.
Hillary’s campaign prepared opposition research against those falling short on drug reform policy (i.e. Martin O’Malley):
“Gov. O’Malley opposed decriminalizing marijuana until the day he signed it into law,” reads a suggested talking point in an email sent last October by Tony Carrk, the Clinton campaign’s research director. “The Frederick News-Post called him an ’11th hour convert.’”
They also prepared opposition research against those going further than her on drug policy reform (i.e. Bernie Sanders):
A document called, “Top Hits” outlines several lines of attack top Clinton aides thought might be effective against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. In a section titled, “Sanders Past Extreme Positions,” under the headline “Legalizing All Drugs,” the former secretary of state’s research team dug up the Vermont senator’s pro-reform comments stretching back to 1971:
This all points to something short of full cannabis legalization, but pushing the federal government further on cannabis research and banking reform than President Obama did.
Only time will tell, and in the meantime what do YOU think she should do as President with regards to cannabis?