Article by Brian Anderson, Motherboard
Quick: What’s something—perhaps one of the only things—Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump see eye-to-eye on? If you guessed supporting medicinal cannabis legalization efforts moving forward on a state-by-state basis, *bong rips*.
That the respective Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have both expressed support for medicinal weed is certainly notable, especially in what’s become one of the most toxic election cycles in recent memory, possibly ever.
“I think what the states are doing right now needs to be supported,” Clinton told Jimmy Kimmel in March. “I absolutely support all the states that are moving toward medical marijuana, moving toward.”
Trump, calling marijuana “such a big thing,” told the Washington Post last October that, “I think medical should happen—right? Don’t we agree? And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”
But medicinal weed is just one side of a sticky, storied issue in American history. How do former Secretary of State, New York state senator, and FLOTUS Clinton, and Trump, a businessman and one-time reality TV figure, feel about rescheduling cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act? Would they open to doors to more scientific research into the plant, or support nation-wide legalization for the recreational use of weed? Here’s what we know: