He might not be a leader on the issue, but California Representative Eric Swalwell (D) has shown strong support of cannabis legalization in recent years. And now he's hoping to bring that progressive stance to the Oval Office by joining the 2020 presidential race.
While Swalwell probably isn't the first person to come to mind when you think of pro-legalization candidates, the state rep has a long history of supporting strong cannabis reform. In recent months, Swalwell has co-sponsored some great pieces of federal cannabis legislation. Swalwell was an early supporter for both the SAFE Banking Act, which would allow legal marijuana businesses to access banking services. He's also co-sponsoring the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019—the name says it all for this one. On top of that, Swalwell was also a supporter of Prop. 64, which legalized recreational cannabis in California in 2016. Additionally, he has put his name on various bills that would have made it easier for scientists as well as Veterans Affairs to access cannabis for research purposes.
Swalwell has not, however, introduced any of his own pro-marijuana legislation. Instead, his preference has been to lend his support to measures he approves of instead of taking the lead. Assuming that trend continues, we shouldn't expect Swalwell to lead the charge to end federal cannabis prohibition if he wins the Democratic Party's nomination and the presidency in 2020. Instead, he seems more likely to support reform bills that cross his desk rather than initiating them.
All in all, Swalwell is a strong pick for voters looking to put a pro-cannabis president in power, even if legalization isn't likely to be as central to his platform as it is for other candidates.
And of course, voters certainly need not worry that this former prosecutor is going to bring the hammer down on legal states anytime soon.
h/t Marijuana Moment