No less than 17 states will be voting on legalizing marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, on Election Day, 2016. (For details of the various state initiatives, see this.) Democrats are reportedly counting on left-leaning younger people who don’t normally vote coming to the polls to legalize marijuana, and while they are at it, casting a vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. (The Democrats are apparently unaware of libertarians, who tend to vote Republican.)
The Democrats are counting on the stoner vote to carry battleground states like Ohio and Florida, both of which will be voting on legalizing the weed. Meanwhile, of the Republican candidates, only Chris Christie and John Kasich are making a big deal of opposing it. Even social conservative Ted Cruz says he would leave it up to the states. And libertarian Rand Paul positively supports it.
What do you think about this? Should Republicans make it an issue? What does this strategy tell us about today’s Democratic party? Do you think the Democrats’ strategy will work, or will the measures bring out just as many Republican voters? [Read more...]