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Marijuana: Rand Paul’s Fight For Legalization

As the 2016 elections heat up, so do the radical moves of the 2016 presidential candidates. One of the largest names in politics for the elections this year is one of the many Republican Candidates, Rand Paul. While the legalization is generally supported by Democrats over Republicans, Rand Paul is clearly not afraid to deviate from his party’s generalizations, as shown by the submission of a bill hoping to legalize the substance(1).

This coming election is being dubbed the “Marijuana Election”(2) by many, due to the effect Marijuana is supposed to have on the voting outcome. This is one of the keystone issues, one which can not be ignored by any major presidential candidate this election cycle. Rand Paul has taken one of the most active stances of any presidential candidate in attempts to get a legalization bill passed. As a matter of fact, he has currently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the bill, and made American history as the first American presidential candidate to be involved with a fundraiser for the legalization of Cannabis(3).

The question is, however; would America approve of a candidate, such as Rand Paul, taking the office of the President? Marijuana is going to be an issue of presidential proportions this election cycle, so it is essential for the United States to make up its mind on whether or not they want a president in office who supports Marijuana legalization. The Republican Party says yes, as Rand Paul has one of the highest support rates by the Republican Party. The nation as a whole looks at Paul with more mixed feelings. When polled as to who would win in an election, where the two candidates are Paul and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Clinton still edged out Paul in the polls. The most recent scores show Clinton with a 46.5% support rate, and Paul with only a 42.5% support rate(4). When looking at this data, a conclusion can be drawn that while Paul is popular, society may still consider him ahead of his time.

Overall, Cannabis has been one of the hottest topics of this year’s poll election, even causing this election to earn the nickname the “Marijuana Election.” While choosing a side in the controversy is essential for this issue, there is a clear trend of Democrats being more supportive of Marijuana than Republicans. Rand Paul, though, proves that candidates are not required to completely fit the mold of their political party. Despite being a Republican, Rand is the most active political supporter of Marijuana running in the presidential election so far. The question still remains; will the United States support such a radical change.

(1) "Rand Paul." Wikipedia. October 2, 2015. Accessed October 9, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_Paul.

(2) "Marijuana Legalization 2015: Rand Paul Courts Marijuana Investors, But Why Aren't More Presidential Candidates Embracing Pot?" International Business Times. July 1, 2015. Accessed October 9, 2015. http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-2015-rand-paul-courts-marijuana-investors-why-arent-more-1992336.

(3) "Marijuana Legalization 2015: Rand Paul Courts Marijuana Investors, But Why Aren't More Presidential Candidates Embracing Pot?" International Business Times. July 1, 2015. Accessed October 9, 2015. http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-2015-rand-paul-courts-marijuana-investors-why-arent-more-1992336.

(4) "2016 - General Election: Paul vs. Clinton | RealClearPolitics." RealClearPolitics. 2015. Accessed October 9, 2015. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_paul_vs_clinton-3825.html.

-Jammin Joe 

10/08/15