Amy Klobuchar, who has announced herself as a Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the U.S., shared recently she is in favour of marijuana legalization.
The Minnesota senator volunteered her support of the move, which was reported by different media outlets. For Minnesota, the measure is up for a vote during the 2019 session of the legislation.
Three Democratic senators who also have announced Presidential bids have vocalized support of marijuana legalization already, beating Klobuchar to the punch. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kristen Gillibrand are already on the record books for their support of marijuana legalization, making Klobuchar’s announcement less of a jarring note to the potential voters.
Sen. Kamala Harris has not only announced support of legalization, but she also told the voting public that she has used marijuana herself. It remains to be seen whether this will weigh in her favour in the polls or not.
Meanwhile, Klobuchar lists the economy, supporting veterans, job growth, and reducing “red tape” as her main focus on her U.S. Senator website. All of these would benefit from marijuana legalization — a fact she most likely recognizes and sees as an advantage in her adjustment to her presidential platform.
For now, however, Klobuchar seems more focused on bills that support alternative energy and the issue of prescription drug costs than she is on bills within the state legislature to help achieve marijuana legalization. No recent support or sponsorship of bills related to marijuana legalization, or even decriminalization, are listed on her website among achievements. There is no word on whether there are bills in the works for Minnesota she may support that involve marijuana legalization.