The Republican Party and MarijuanaThe Republican Party is firmly against marijuana use and legalization. Prominent Republicans claim that cannabis use results in a “dumbing down” of users and says that the drug is “dangerous” and “addictive.” Republicans call for a tightening down of federal regulations to prevent states which have voted to legalize pot from being able to follow the will of the popular vote. Some leading Republicans do seem to be changing their minds on marijuana. Senator Rand Paul and Governor Rick Perry of Texas have both expressed opinions that the issue of marijuana legalization should be left up to the states to decide. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has further argued that incarcerating drug users, including marijuana users, is counterproductive and wastes state resources on a strategy which is ineffective at solving the problem of drug use. It should be noted that these politicians are still opposed to marijuana use and legalization, but that they think there are more important things for state and federal governments to worry about than whether people are smoking pot.
The Democratic Party and MarijuanaFor the past few years, the official Democratic position has been the one outlined by Hillary Clinton in her primary campaign: that marijuana should be rescheduled from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 2 drug. This would take it from the class of drugs like cocaine, heroine, and methamphetamine, which are always illegal and are extremely harmful with no known therapeutic benefits, into the same class of drugs as codeine and hydrocodone, which are known to be dangerous and highly addictive but have therapeutic benefits that can outweigh the risks. Practically, rescheduling marijuana to Schedule 2 would legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states, as you could get it with a prescription. However, Bernie Sanders ran a strong primary campaign with a platform that included complete decriminalization of marijuana. Sanders argued on the campaign trail that marijuana should be removed from the DEA’s schedule list altogether and that the federal ban on marijuana should be lifted entirely. The Democratic Party came to a compromise between the Clinton platform and the Sanders platform in its official party platform in June: the Democratic Party now officially supports removing marijuana from its Schedule 1 classification (though it does not state whether it should be rescheduled as Schedule 2 or simply unscheduled altogether) and that there should be a “reasoned pathway for future legalization.”
The Green Party and MarijuanaThe Green Party’s stance on cannabis is simple: the Green Party supports marijuana being legalized and regulated like alcohol and cigarettes. Until that can happen, the Green Party supports the legalization of medical marijuana so that people can get marijuana with a prescription from their doctor.
The Libertarian Party and MarijuanaMany Libertarians believe that marijuana should not be regulated at all, in accordance with the Libertarian principles of only restricting or regulating things that are absolutely necessary to be regulated in order for humans to live together in a peaceful society. However, the Libertarian Party recognizes the practical need for some regulation in order to win the victory of legalization, so the official stance of the Libertarian Party is that marijuana should be regulated like wine (https://www.lp.org/blogs/nigel-lyons/regulate-marijuana-like-wine).
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Mr. BC Seeds is an over educated old school hippy who has been involved in the cannabis industry since the 1970's. He is one of the most experienced marijuana breeders in Canada if not the entire world. He was the first to use the most advanced breeding techniques in 2008 to create 42 of the world's strongest cannabis strains. He has been writing in-depth articles about cannabis in Canada for decades and looks forward to continue bringing you cutting edge cannabis strains for the decades to come. Mr. BC Seeds uses a "pen name" because he still travels the world collecting cannabis strains and continues researching cannabis in laboratories of non-legalized countries.
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