The roster of Democratic presidential candidates continues to grow as billionaire philanthropist and former hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer has announced he will be joining the race. And he's the biggest question mark so far when it comes to the 2020 candidates' respective stances on cannabis.
While Steyer has has a longstanding reputation for being a liberal political advocate, reforming America's outdated drug policies has never been a key focus for him. The newest 2020 presidential candidate has yet to make an official stance on cannabis, but there are a few key moves from his past activism that suggests a possible pro-legalization stance.
Back in 2016, Steyer was one of the top five donors to a campaign for a California ballot initiative that would provide "parole consideration for nonviolent felons." Steyer chipped in $1,750,000 for the initiative, which wasn't directed at cannabis offenders directly, but it was a move that has certainly benefited non-violent cannabis offenders in the state.
Aside from this, Steyer has made fighting the opioid crisis a key part of his presidential platform, and has previously criticized the federal government's current opioid policies. And if he's serious about fighting the epidemic of drug addiction in America, he should consider supporting medical marijuana, which is being increasingly used as a tool to fight the opioid crisis.
But while Steyer's stance on opioids is clear, his position on cannabis will remain inconclusive until he specifically comments on the issue. Check back on this post for updates when/if Steyer clarifies his views on marijuana reform. In the meantime, you can find out where rival candidates stand on the cannabis issue by clicking here.