Ted Cruz’s Position On Marijuana …
Monday was a good day for Republican presidential prospect Ted Cruz. The Texas Senator came away from the Iowa caucuses in top location amongst GOP primary candidates, thanks in large part to his strong support amongst evangelical Christians.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz had nearly 28 percent of the vote, while Donald Trump had 24 percent and Marco Rubio had 23 percent, according to The New York Times.
Marijuana reform is forming up to be a major problem this election cycle, so where does the GOP front-runner stand on cannabis policy?
Cruz consistently opposes recreational marijuana legalisation, however recently he has said states need to can identify their own marijuana laws.
Per Mother Jones:
“When it pertains to a question of legislating cannabis, I don’t support legislating cannabis,” he told Hugh Hewitt in April. “If it were on the ballot in the state of Texas, I would vote no.”
“However I also think that’s a legitimate question for the states making a decision … I think it is suitable for the federal government to acknowledge that the residents of those states have actually made that choice, and one of the benefits of it, you understand, using Brandeis’ terms of labs of democracy, is we can now watch and see what happens in Colorado and Washington State.”
Cruz is singing a more moderate tone on pot policy nowadays, however in the past he’s taken fairly stiff opposition to cannabis legalization.
In 2014, Cruz criticized President Obama for not punishing states like Colorado and Oregon that legalized cannabis for recreational purposes, as reported by Blend.
But now Cruz is amongst a group of GOP prospects who have actually “softened the prohibitionist rhetoric” this election cycle, Romain Bonilla writes forCannabis Politics.
A number of Republican presidential candidates now say they support medical cannabis and also think states must can selected whether or not to legislate marijuana within their borders.
That most Republican presidential prospects are playing down their opposition to cannabis legalization these days shows just how far marijuana reformers have actually can be found in recent years. It appears the days are long gone when GOP leaders can win political points by demonizing marijuana.