4 Top Presidential Candidates Have Co-Sponsored a Federal Cannabis Reform Bill

Several 2020 presidential candidates have signed onto Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' (D-NY) promising federal cannabis reform bill.

Presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have all added their names to the list of co-sponsors to a new bill that would see marijuana removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

While the bill would not legalize cannabis federally it would leave the door open for states to set their own cannabis laws without fear of federal prosecution. The bill would also set aside funding for removing small cannabis convictions from some criminal records.

However, there are a few presidential frontrunners and legalization supporters who as of yet have not chosen to co-sponsor the bill. Notably, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) are missing from the list.

Booker's absence from list of co-sponsors isn't too surprising as the Senator filed his own legalization bill earlier this year and has previously criticized legalization bills like Warren's 2019 version of the STATES Act for not going far enough, refusing to co-sponsor that one as well.

Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand and Harris have all co-sponsored Booker's bill.

Likewise, Gabbard has also filed her own bill that would see Controlled Substances Act, though it has yet to receive support from any of the aforementioned presidential candidates.

What all this proves is that while these top presidential candidates may not agree on exactly how the US should move forward on federal cannabis reform, they certainly all believe it's something that needs to happen.

h/t Marijuana Moment


It costs an average of $4,000 for police to bring someone up on cannabis changes - but it could run the defendant as much as $20,000 to fight the case. It's no secret that a lot of taxpayer money is wasted each year on enforcing unjust marijuana laws. By some estimates, as much as $3.6 billion is spent every year arresting some 820,000 Americans on cannabis-related charges.

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