Republican presidential candidates debate legal marijuana

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Last night’s GOP debate got interesting when the question of cannabis came about.

According to Vice News, Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and in Washington D.C.. Recreational use has also been legalized in D.C. plus four other states.


Many Americans are wondering how the new president elected in 2016 will treat the states that are violating federal law.

“Governor Christie would go into Colorado, and if you’re breaking any federal law on marijuana, even though the state law allows it, he would put you in jail,” said Rand Paul, senator of Kentucky. “If a young mother is trying to give her child cannabis oil for medical marijuana for seizure treatment, he would put her in jail if it violates federal law.”

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, argues that this decision should be made at the state level. Instead she fears the increasing amount of heroin overdoses.

“The marijuana industry helps create jobs, taxes, is made in the USA, and is the fastest-growing industry in the USA,” said David Dinenberg, CEO of Kind Financial. “Marijuana reform is a very important topic to the voters, and will play a large part in determining our next president.”

Whether the president chooses to ignore the legal weed movement could change the lives of many American business owners and recreational users.

To read more about the marijuana discussion during last night’s GOP debate read the full article.