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2020 Presidential Candidates on Marijuana: The Ultimate Guide

2020 Presidential Candidates and Marijuana

Last Updated: December 12, 2019

With support for marijuana legalization stronger than ever before, the issue of cannabis reform is slated to become a prominent issue in the 2020 presidential election.

Donald Trump, seeking a second term as President of the United States, is expected to earn the Republican party’s nomination. Trump has yet to take any notable actions related to marijuana, neither positive or negative, since taking office.

On the Democrat side, an abundance of declared primary candidates will battle in the primaries for their party’s nomination. Among Democratic voters, marijuana legalization has become a mainstream stance and politicians vying for their support have responded. So far, nearly every single declared Democratic presidential candidate has come out in support of either completely legalizing marijuana at the federal level, or descheduling it and leaving it up to the states.

Make informed choices by reviewing each candidate’s stance on marijuana legalization. Through the interactive tools below, you can quickly and easily sift through each candidate’s position on cannabis reform and any comments they’ve made about the issue. Click around the interactive graphic below to review each 2020 presidential candidate’s legislative support, public statements, and even tweets related to cannabis. Through the interactive timeline, you can click-and-drag and pinch-in and pinch-out zoom to discover when each candidate first made a pro-marijuana statement, first backed cannabis reform legislation, and any time there was a major development in their cannabis stance. Want to cut to the chase? A cannabis “temperature gauge” offers a quick-glance view of how strongly each candidate champions marijuana.

From now until the 2020 presidential election, this article will serve as home base for 2020 presidential candidates and their stance on federal marijuana policy. It will be regularly updated to reflect changes as presidential hopefuls enter and drop out of the race, as well as to document any shifts or major updates in cannabis views.

Republican Candidates

  • Donald Trump Stance on Marijuana
    Donald Trump Stance on Marijuana

    President Donald Trump

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    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Bill Weld Stance on Marijuana
    Bill Weld Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Joe Walsh stance on marijuana
    Joe Walsh stance on marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Mark Sanford Stance on Marijuana
    Mark Sanford Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation

Democratic Candidates

  • Tulsi Gabbard Stance on Marijuana
    Tulsi Gabbard Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Deval Patrick stance on marijuana
    Deval Patrick stance on marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Tom Steyer Stance on Marijuana
    Tom Steyer Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Marianne Williamson Stance on Marijuana
    Marianne Williamson Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Andrew Yang Stance on Marijuana
    Andrew Yang Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Pete Buttigieg Stance on Marijuana
    Pete Buttigieg Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Julián Castro Stance on Marijuana
    Julián Castro Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Joe Biden Stance on Marijuana
    Joe Biden Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • John Delaney Stance on Marijuana
    John Delaney Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Michael Bloomberg stance on marijuana
    Michael Bloomberg stance on marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Michael Bennett Stance on Marijuana
    Michael Bennett Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Elizabeth Warren Stance on Marijuana
    Elizabeth Warren Stance on Marijuana

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Amy Klobuchar Stance on Marijuana
    Amy Klobuchar Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Cory Booker Stance on Marijuana
    Cory Booker Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Bernie Sanders Stance on Marijuana
    Bernie Sanders Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Where Mike Gravel stands on marijuana legalization
    Where Mike Gravel stands on marijuana legalization
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Joe Sestak Stance on Marijuana
    Joe Sestak Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Wayne Messam Marijuana
    Wayne Messam Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Kirsten Gillibrand Stance on Marijuana
    Kirsten Gillibrand Stance on Marijuana

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Steve Bullock Stance on Marijuana
    Steve Bullock Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Kamala Harris Stance on Marijuana
    Kamala Harris Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Bill de Blasio Stance on Marijuana
    Bill de Blasio Stance on Marijuana

    Mayor Bill de Blasio

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    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Seth Moulton Stance on Marijuana
    Seth Moulton Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Eric Swalwell Stance on Marijuana
    Eric Swalwell Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Where Tim Ryan Stands on Cannabis
    Where Tim Ryan Stands on Cannabis
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • John Hickenlooper Stance on Marijuana
    John Hickenlooper Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Beto O'Rourke Stance on Marijuana
    Beto O'Rourke Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation
  • Jay Inslee Stance on Marijuana
    Jay Inslee Stance on Marijuana
    • Supports Medical Marijuana
    • Supports Recreational Marijuana
    • Introduced/Co-sponsored Cannabis Legislation
    • Approved/Voted in Favor of Cannabis Legislation