Aug 22, 2016 9:10 AM

Top 10 Politicians Who Support Marijuana Legalization

It is well known that the Marijuana Policy Project is not the only tool to control marijuana issues. Here is the list of 10 pro-cannabis politicians who understand that the use of marijuana should be legal.

Bernie Sanders

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont, made a great contribution to the process of marijuana legalization. Sanders is sure that cannabis should be removed from the list of Controlled Substances completely.

Jared Polis

Marijuana policy is definitely in need of such politicians as Jared Polis, a member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. He was one of the first politicians who voiced doubt as to the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Moreover, Jared Polis is determined to pursue medical marijuana legalization on a federal level and promote the creation of a sound medical marijuana policy. Right now, Polis is the main sponsor of H.R. 499 (the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013), which may decriminalize possession of marijuana on a federal level.

Cory Booker

Cory Anthony Booker is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey. He supports medical marijuana in New Jersey and wants to move toward a complete overhaul of state and federal policy on marijuana and other drugs. Cory Booker has always been a regular critic of the federal drug policy and War on Drugs. Booker also thinks that the overcriminalization of marijuana leads to imprisoning more African Americans than whites.

Dana Rohrabacher

Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher is the United States Representative for California's 48th Congressional District and a member of the Republican Party. He advocates the idea of medical marijuana legalization. Moreover, Rohrabacher and Maurice Hinchey have jointly offered the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment to a Commerce Justice and Science appropriations bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice from prosecuting patients in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Moreover, the politician admitted that he himself used a marijuana-infused topical on his shoulder as a pain-relieving medication.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Erin Murphy is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He is the United States Representative for Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Murphy supports the legalization of medical marijuana and thinks that marijuana decriminalization should be decided state to state. Murphy also believes that in reality, marijuana decriminalization is not the big mess that people were predicting.

Chris Van Hollen

Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. is the United States Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District and a member of the Democratic Party. Chris Van Hollen’s attitude towards cannabis made it possible for Maryland not only to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis but also to legalize medical marijuana.

Earl Blumenauer

Earl Blumenauer is the United States Representative for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District and a member of the Democratic Party. Due to the work of Earl Blumenauer, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize marijuana. Blumenauer is constantly attending pressers and cannabis industry events advocating the idea of making up liberal cannabis laws throughout the nation. He was also one of the pro-cannabis debaters at the 2016 Brookings Institution debate on marijuana that was held in Washington D.C.

Rand Paul

Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is an American politician who serves in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party representing Kentucky. Paul introduced legislation that would prevent the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana users in states where pot is legal.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New York and serves in the United States House of Representatives representing New York’s 20th Congressional District. Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. She has addressed the National Cannabis Industry Association Business Summit asking the legislators to pay attention to science, not ideology in New York City. In 2015, Gillibrand was a co-sponsor of The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, also known as the CARERS Act.

Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th and current President of the United States, also supports marijuana legalization. Even though Obama has not made a great contribution to cannabis reform, he has not been in the way either.

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