Hillary Clinton is no hero for the marijuana industry, but after the Democratic party endorsed moving marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II to allow for more research, 43 percent of cannabis industry executives and professionals said they'd vote for Clinton for president.
According to a poll conducted by Marijuana Business Daily, the marijuana industry supports Clinton. Only 26.1 percent of cannabis industry executives and professionals support Donald Trump and 15.6 percent support Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, former Arizona governor and marijuana company CEO.
As for marjuana investors, 45.9 percent support Clinton and 37.8 percent support Trump. Only 8.1 percent support Johnson. The national average is much tighter, with 39.8 percent supporting Hillary, 39.5 percent supporting Trump and 8.8 percent supporting Johnson.
MjBizDaily conducted the poll online from July 27 to 28, obtaining responses from 724 people in the industry. The poll finds that more people in the industry support Clinton and Johnson than in the general U.S. population. Support for Trump is lower in the industry than in the national sample.
Trump has not given a solid stance on where he stands with legalization. While Trump has said states should decide marijuana's fate and is "100 percent" in favor of medical marijuana, he has said that recreational marijuana is not good and has caused problems in Colorado. The fear many industry players have with Trump is that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is on the short-list for the position of Trump's attorney general. During Christie's own bid for president, before dropping out and throwing his support behind Trump, the Jersery governor sent a warning to the industry: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie said last year on Fox. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws."
Clinton has not thrown her support behind federal legalization, but back in April, during a town hall on ABC's TV show "Good Morning America," Clinton said it is "wrong" that marijuana is categorized as a Schedule I drug and if she became president she would support medical marijuana, allow for research, and support state's rights to continue experimenting in legalization.
"We have enough anecdotal evidence about what marijuana can do for medical conditions and easing pain," said Clinton. "I am 100 percent in favor of medical marijuana, but I want to know what the evidence is."