Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is the latest presidential candidate to enter the fight for the Democratic Party's nomination in 2020. Klobuchar made history 11 years ago as the Minnesota's first female senator. Now she's vying to become America's first female president. And if she wins the 2020 election, Senator Klobuchar would add to that groundbreaking legacy by becoming the most cannabis-friendly president in American history.
However, there is a big difference between being cannabis friendly and being pro-cannabis. And Senator Klobuchar is one of many politicians who walk the thin line between those distinctions.
Klobuchar does not support cannabis legalization, but she isn't in favor of federal prohibition either. In fact, she is opposed to letting the feds use taxpayer dollars to crack down on states that have reformed their marijuana laws. That's why she has co-sponsored the STATES Act, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state-licensed cannabis businesses so long as those businesses remain compliant with state laws regarding medical marijuana or recreational cannabis.
That said, the STATES Act wouldn't overturn federal prohibition. Instead, it would exempt legal states from the federal government's cannabis ban. So the legislation isn't in favor of legalization so much as offering a compromise to states that oppose prohibition.
That's one reason why Senator Klobuchar is cannabis friendly but not pro-cannabis. Another reason is her opposition to letting Veterans Affairs doctors recommend cannabis to vets. However, Klobuchar does support cannabis research, so she is open minded to considering the potential benefits of medical marijuana for former soldiers and other potential patients.
So if elected, Klobuchar would be a step in the right direction for marijuana reform, but she's nowhere near as progressive on the issue as rival candidate Cory Booker.