Elizabeth Warren Just Discussed Marijuana on the Campaign Trail

Elizabeth Warren is out on the campaign trail trying to convince Democratic primary voters to give her the 2020 nomination, and she's hoping marijuana will help her achieve that goal.

Warren recently discussed cannabis reform while campaigning in New Hampshire. A reporter asked Warren what she thinks about the issue, and the Massachusetts senator replied that she support her state's effort to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016 and that the country should legalize it federally.

“I think it makes no sense for marijuana to be a Schedule I drug [under the Controlled Substance Act], which means the federal government has decided in advance that there is no medicinal value to marijuana and just completely bans it and makes it very difficult to do research,” Warren said.

Warren has become a champion of cannabis reform over the past year. She helped write the STATES Act, a bill that would protect states that legalize marijuana from interference from the federal government. 

However, it's not clear how much supporting legalization will help Warren's chances at the nomination. Nearly every other major contender from the Democratic nomination supports marijuana legalization, so she can't really set herself apart on the issue. And a survey of New Hampshire Democratic voters says only 10 percent say marijuana legalization is a top priority. 

So it's not clear how many Democrats view marijuana as a major issue, and even if they do, all the Democratic candidates agree on it anyways.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)


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