In past presidential elections, social issues, such as abortion and gay rights, have divided political parties.
However, 2020’s presidential candidates seem to be in some degree of agreement over the once-polarizing issue of marijuana legalization.
The right to choose
While not all of the presidential candidates are advocating the legalization of recreational or medical marijuana use, every candidate is supporting the state’s right to choose – including Trump.
This highlights the plant’s transformed reputation from “probably the most dangerous drug in the United States,” according to Ronald Reagan in 1984, to a legitimate medical treatment in 33 states and Washington D.C. by 2019.
Why opinions have shifted
From a political standpoint, choosing to support the legalization of marijuana can add a compelling agenda to your campaign promise that is basically fool-proof.
That’s because the legalization of marijuana can:
- Generate tax revenue
- Create jobs
- Reduce mass incarceration in the U.S.
- Provide medical benefits for debilitating and terminal conditions
Candidates would be hard-pressed to propose another initiative with as much promise.
Marijuana charges still risk jail sentence
While 1 in 4 Americans currently live in a state where marijuana is totally legal, the other 3 out of 4 American may face serious penalties for possessing it. In Texas, you could be sentenced up to 180 days in county jail for possessing a trace of marijuana.
Those who have more than 2 ounces of the drug could face up to a year in country jail or a fine up to $4,000. These penalties can be heightened depending on the amount of the drug and other surrounding circumstances.
If you or someone you know is facing marijuana-related charges, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney who is familiar with the changes in marijuana law. An attorney can provide defense strategies and negotiations to get you the best outcome from your case.