Grading the Presidential Candidates on Cannabis: Donald Trump

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Throughout the course of both of his initial candidacy and eventual presidency, the businessman-turned-reality TV star-turned-President and Republican frontrunner for the 2024 election, Donald Trump, had a rollercoaster of a political relationship with cannabis reform. From previous supportive comments to appointing people who were perhaps the physical embodiment of the failures of the drug war, pinpointing Trump’s true stance on cannabis seems to be a difficult task.

Overall Grade: C, possibly a C+ at best. Or any other possible letter. Stance on marijuana

Unlike the incumbent President who has a nearly six-decade career in politics and spent several years authoring and sponsoring bills that exploded the scope of the Drug War, Trump’s actual political career has been very short in comparison. Therefore, he has never actually voted on a piece of cannabis legislation.

In a 2015 interview with Bill O’Reilly regarding cannabis, Trump made a comment that would certainly be construed as supporting at least medical cannabis usage. Even when O’Reilly, a longtime prohibitionist who utilized his massive platform to endlessly push drug war propaganda, referred to medical cannabis as a “ruse” for illicit usage, Trump deflected.

“But I know people that have

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