U.S.: How Will Marijuana Influence Super Tuesday?

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

As Super Tuesday fast approaches, Kind Financial CEO David Dinenberg decided to take a look at the influence of marijuana on the voters in the affected states.

"Most of the Super Tuesday states are historically Red states, and while that might be true today, many of these states are considering passing laws in favor of medical marijuana," Dinenberg said. "Alabama, Georgia, and Texas are considering legislation.

"Others, such as Vermont and Massachusetts, already have medical marijuana and now are considering recreational," Dinenberg said. "Of course, Alaska and Colorado have recreational use."

Dinenberg pointed out that Donald Trump is leading in the polls in every Super Tuesday state that has passed or is considering medical or recreational marijuana. "Mr. Trump is on record supporting states' rights," Dinenberg said. "While he doesn't favor federal legalization, his pro-states' rights just might be enough to fend off his competitors."

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz both oppose medical marijuana, according to Dinenberg. "I ask this question to the candidates," he said. "How do you plan on winning an election that 58 percent of the voters disagree with you?"

"While I am not saying that the economy, protecting our homeland, as well as foreign policy are not as important for the voter to think about, I am saying that when we go to the voting booths in November, there is a chance that up to 20 states have ballot incentives for medical or recreational marijuana," Dinenberg said. "How do they expect to have someone vote Yes for marijuana and then vote for someone who doesn't support marijuana?"

The Democratic side of the equation is much easier to answer, according to Dinenberg, "as both Clinton and Sanders are in favor of states' rights," he said.

"Sanders has proven to be out in front on this issue federally, submitting the 'Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act' in November 2015, and Sanders is leading in Massachusetts and Vermont, which are both considering recreational marijuana," Dinenberg said.

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