Friday, May 27, 2016

Hillary's Multi-faceted Approach to Marijuana Reform

There are some voters and one-issue voters that are now claiming that Hillary Clinton sides with big pharma over young voters in yet another attempt to create a wedge issue of distrust that isn’t based on the actual facts. 

This latest article from is an example of this effort to pollute the stream. 

Hillary Clinton has explicitly and repeatedly come out in favor of the states that have passed both medicinal and legalized marijuana. 

"Allowing states that have enacted marijuana laws to act as laboratories of democracy, as long as they adhere to certain federal priorities such as not selling to minors, preventing intoxicated driving, and keeping organized crime out of the industry. “Rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance. Hillary supports medical marijuana and would reschedule marijuana to advance research into its health benefits."
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That's from her issues page on her campaign website. She obviously supports current marijuana reforms going on in the states. 

It’s understandable why some would believe a negative perspective about Hillary's position on anything, though. Some people have an extreme bias against her. These articles are meant to capitalize on that negative bias. 

But, when faced with a factual representation that refutes those positions, I would think more reasonable people would take a pause before launching into a full frontal attack on her actual positions on the issue.

Hillary even has a substantive plan for a re-entry program for those that are in the criminal justice system from these non-violent offenses, including marijuana.
"Promote successful re-entry by formerly incarcerated individuals. This year, the number of people released from state or federal prison will reach approximately 600,000. For those given a second chance, and for the health and safety of the communities to which those individuals return, the reentry pathway must not be littered with barriers, but rather paved with a fair opportunity for success. Clinton will work to remove barriers and create pathways to employment, housing, health care, education, and civic participation, including:" 

"Prioritize treatment and rehabilitation—rather than incarceration—for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Over half of prison and jail inmates suffer from a mental health problem, and up to 65 percent of the correctional population meets the medical criteria for a substance use disorder. Hillary will ensure adequate training for law enforcement for crisis intervention and referral to treatment, as appropriate, for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with mental health or addiction problems. She will also direct the attorney general to issue guidance to federal prosecutors on seeking treatment over incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes. Read more on Hillary’s plan to tackle America’s epidemic of addiction."
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When faced with new information and facts, Hillary Clinton haters simply change to another line of attack. They’re just blatantly against Hillary Clinton no matter what her positions have been regarding any issues because they're against her because they’ve been told to be against her. 

Her policies not only address marijuana reforms, it addresses those currently incarcerated and reintegrating them into American society.

People that have actually been through the criminal justice system and have family members that have been brutalized by that system overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton. Why is that? This is what Hillary Clinton critics never ask themselves.
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Allowing the States to act as laboratories is actually the most practical and pragmatic approach. 

Moving forward with decriminalization efforts of non-violent drug offenders in the system, reintegrating those people back into American society while that above process continues to unfold is also the most sensible approach. 

All of those reforms are still very difficult to make a reality, but that coupled with lowering the schedule of marijuana makes a broader effort of national legalization and medicinal use possible.

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The more data there is that medicinal and legalization efforts are good for both public health and don't harm children the more possible national legalization and medicinal reforms will be.

Some want an ALL NOW or NOTHING approach, and if they can't have it all, they’re going to throw a tantrum and not examine the actual positions she has? How does that further the legalization movement?

Hillary has a position not based on making false promises but on what we can achieve and then building on those achievements. That’s what makes her the candidate you can trust. 

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