We all know that marijuana legalization is an inevitable process. But there are hardly any politicians who have clearly voiced their support so far.
Although there are no politicians who are ready to openly support marijuana for recreational purposes, there are few of the politicians who would rather have the public use New York medical marijuana for medicinal purposes.
On the other hand, most of the politicians are all for discussing how criminalized marijuana has shown some drastic damage caused by the American criminal justice system. You can go to og news source to learn all about how marijuana has affected so many lives in America.
Only future will tell us if Marijuana will be fully decriminalized or no, but here are few of the eminent politicians who have voiced their opinion in the legalization of Marijuana.
1. Barack Obama, former president of the United States
“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do… We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing. It’s important for [the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington] to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.” – the New Yorker
2. Rick Perry, United States Secretary of Energy
“What I can do as the governor of the second-largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.” – speech at the World Economic Forum
3. Bill Clinton, former president of the United States
“I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be. We really need a reexamination of our entire policy on imprisonment.” – Rolling Stone
4. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
“These [recreational marijuana users] are incredibly upstanding citizens: leaders in our community, and exceptional people. Increasingly, people are willing to share how they use it and not be ashamed of it…These laws just don’t make sense anymore. It’s time for politicians to come out of the closet on this.” – the New York Times
5. Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator
“You know, I held my father’s hand while he died of cancer, and it’s really painful when you do something like that up close and personal… And it puts me in a position of saying, if there’s something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who’s suffering, I’m in favor of that. Now, I want to make sure they’ve got the right restrictions. It should be like any other prescription drug. That there’s careful control over it. But I think it’s really hard to watch somebody suffer that you love.” – Boston’s WTKK-FM
6. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
“We have police officers arresting people for 10 grams, 11 grams, 12 grams. A huge amount of time dedicated to that. Then, they go to court. That means they’re not on the street fighting gangs, fighting gun violence… This is a healthy discussion to have because we’re making a change. I think it’s a smart change because I want our police officers focused on serious violent crime.” – on Chicago’s decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, the Chicago Sun-Times
7. Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado
“I am optimistic that we will reach a day when America has the smart, sensible marijuana policy that we deserve. … We are at a tipping point, on the unprecedented cusp of legalization. The progress at the state level has led the way, but it won’t come nationally until it happens in a critical mass of states. Then there comes much more pressure on Congress to legalize and regulate at the national level. Our streets will be safer and our economy stronger.” – speech at NORML conference
8. Harry Reid, Former United States Senator
“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because [marijuana] leads to other stuff. But I can’t say that anymore… I think we need to take a real close look at this. I think that there are some medical reasons for marijuana… I guarantee you one thing. We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.” – Las Vegas Sun
9. Denny Heck, United States Representative
“I actually think that having marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug is the height of silliness. Meth is a Schedule 2 drug. I mean, this just makes no sense. It’s nuts. I’ve also always supported allowing marijuana to be used medically… in a prescribed way.” – the Olympian