Marijuana Legalization Backed By Nancy Pelosi In California
Nancy Pelosi is backing a marijuana legalization ballot measure in California. This move comes days before Californians weigh in on Prop 64, which will allow residents over the age of 21 to consume and have marijuana. The proposition is expected to be voted through, and medical marijuana is already legal in the Golden State.
Pelosi’s endorsement is still a critical development for the measure that is backed by powerful local players like former Facebook President Sean Parker. Those well-funded supporters have spent a lot of money to push the measure across the finish line.
The House Minority Leader voiced her support for Prop 64 during an interview with the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board on Friday. Pelosi shared: “I will vote for it, but I have not made a public statement about it until right this very second.”
The Democratic politician did not go into great details to explain her choice. The most prominent political figures have remained quiet regarding marijuana legalization in the country. For example, the Obama administration has come out against such idea, while Hillary Clinton supports some movement on the matter.
Retiring Nevada Senator Harry Reid was lukewarm when it came to legalizing marijuana in his state. Recent polling indicates that close to 60 percent of Americans think that the time has come to legalize recreational marijuana.
Tuesday, five states (California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine) will vote on recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana will be on the ballot in Florida, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Montana. This week could be historic for marijuana in this country.
Although it is still facing some opposition on the right (Donald Trump said it is an issue for the states to debate), marijuana is becoming more popular in the US. This development is reminiscent to the advancement of same-sex marriage in the country.
Despite her late support, Pelosi still deserves some credit for this endorsement, according to marijuana proponents.