Article by Merry Jane
Jill Stein is a candidate for president who is seeking the Green Party nomination in 2016 Presidential Election. She also ran in 2012 and got nearly half a million votes. The Green Party of the United States includes nationwide cannabis legalization in its platform so it is no surprise that Stein is a huge supporter of legalizing the plant.
Jill Stein is the only candidate who delves deep into social and political issues surrounding the cannabis legalization. “Marijuana is far less of a threat to personal and public health than alcohol and nicotine,” Stein said in a recent interview while discussing the removal of cannabis from the list of Schedule I substances by the DEA.
She sees the cannabis legalization as the linchpin for ending the War on Drugs, “It’s a war that’s flagrantly lost by a very misguided and racist policy which needs to be brought to an end” says Stein, “and no one is paying a bigger price for that than the communities of color.” Stein sees the failure of War on Drugs not only as a leading cause for prison overcrowding, but she also blames it for police militarization and the recent rise in police shootings.