Cannabis hasn’t been an issue in American politics for decades now, but the standard protocol is for all candidates to admit that they made a mistake in college. The standard routine was to also admit that they would not legalize marijuana, however now there is a much more open view on the subject from the 2016 candidates.
Elected Republicans are generally against marijuana, but if you take a closer look you will realize that there are some exceptions. Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush believe that marijuana shouldn’t be used for recreational or medical use, but others aren’t as strict on the matter. Marco Rubio is accepting of medical strains as long as they don’t have a psychoactive effect. Scott Walker doesn’t want to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, his own state, but he would be happy to let it continue in others. Rick Perry on the other hand, weirdly believes that marijuana is okay for medical use in the state of California, but not in Texas.
Jeb Bush has admitted that he has made some mistakes in his younger years but it is now difficult for presidential candidates not to find themselves in an awkward position because many people are for marijuana, but a lot of people are also against it.
It is very unlikely that any red candidates, other than Rand Paul would make cannabis a major talking point. If cannabis forces itself into the discussion, we could see a very different outcome. This could happen for a few reasons. Obama could remove cannabis from Schedule I, and that would create a huge talking point for America as well. H. Clinton could also create a wave by saying that Washington and Colorado are a success. That could be risky, but with the majority of the country now in favor of legalization, and 63% of young Republicans in favor too, the conversation will be changing in this and future elections.