Chart of the Week: Clinton, Trump or Johnson? How the cannabis industry plans to vote

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By Eli McVey

If the presidential election were held today, how would the cannabis industry vote?

Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide, with 43% of marijuana executives and professionals saying they would vote for her at this point vs. just 26% who prefer Donald Trump, according to a poll by Marijuana Business Daily. 

The online survey, conducted July 27 and 28, found that support for Clinton and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is higher in the marijuana industry than in the U.S. at large. At the same time, support for Trump is much lower.

Though 1 in 10 cannabis executives and professionals remain undecided in their choice for president, it’s unlikely this small group of holdouts can shift the dynamic of the survey in a meaningful way.

The poll results include responses from 724 cannabis professionals across the country.

Marijuana industry investors – a distinct group from cannabis executives and professionals – also favor Clinton, though their support for Trump is significantly higher than it is in the MJ sector in general.

As the Democratic party nominee, Clinton’s status as the front-runner among all segments of the marijuana industry – retail, cultivation, infused products, ancillaries and investors – is not surprising.

Democrats have historically been more sympathetic to marijuana legalization initiatives than their Republican counterparts, and Clinton herself has come out in support of medical marijuana.

She’s also on the record as saying she would move marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug to advance research of the plant, while earlier this month the Democratic party officially adopted a “reasoned path to future legalization.”

Trump, the Republican nominee who’s in a virtual tie with Clinton in the latest national polls, is supported by just 26% of industry executives and professionals.

But Trump’s support from 38% of industry investors is at nearly the same level he receives nationally, and 12 percentage points higher than marijuana industry professionals and executives.

Trump does not have an official policy position on marijuana and it’s often hard to tell where he stands on issues. He said earlier this year that he is “in favor” of medical marijuana “100%,” but has also said several times that he believes recreational marijuana “is bad” and is “causing a lot of problems in Colorado.”

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president and an outspoken advocate for the recreational legalization of marijuana, is backed by 16% of industry executives and professionals, nearly twice the level of support he receives both nationally and from industry investors.

Clearly the most pro-marijuana candidate in the race, Johnson’s status as a third-party candidate hasn’t given him the visibility that both Clinton and Trump enjoy. But voter dissatisfaction with both major parties’ candidates has been a major theme of the election thus far, so Johnson may have an opportunity to appeal to a larger audience as the election draws nearer.

Eli McVey can be reached at [email protected]

25 comments on “Chart of the Week: Clinton, Trump or Johnson? How the cannabis industry plans to vote
  1. Brett Roper on

    Ouch … not much of a choice if you ask me … Where’s Bernie? 🙂 It is unfortunate that we as citizens have become so disenchanted with the body politic so as to no longer really care … I have adopted a voting policy that allows me to vote for non-incumbents only so I guess using guilt by association with Bill I will be voting for the Donald; unless he does something really un clever.

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    • Brian Tingle on

      By “un-clever”, do you mean degrading the Muslim Gold Star family last week, and women, and immigrants, and Hispanics, and Muslims? The Donald’s statements, promises and rants are NOT presidential; the man doesn’t have a clue about what kind of person it takes to be a good President.
      I’m not keen about Hillary, but at least she’s served in the Senate and at one of the top levels of our govt. (Secty of State), so I’ll take her in a heartbeat over The Donald and his nasty rhetoric. Do you want his finger ANYWHERE near the nuclear button? I don’t think the rest of the world’s leaders want him either.

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      • Fred DeLisio on

        The REST of the world’s leaders picked Hillery for President at LAST YEAR’S Bilderberger conference — in 2015 — never mind who WE vote for…Please — The Muslim “Gold Star” family father is supporting the Sharia agenda — get real…EVERYONE is our friend, until they’re not — a KNOWN criminal vs a Business man with 30 years of philanthropy to PEOPLE — and he has said repeatedly that he’d leave it up to the states. He is NOT going to piss everyone off by putting Christie in as AG — same reason he didn’t pick him as VP. Hillary is AGAINST recreational MJ — and Trump has called (repeatedly throughout the last 30 years) for legalization of ALL drugs because of the failed drug war.

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        • Michael Lawrence on

          Trump, Trump Trump.. bottom line this Man is our only hope.. as Hitlary blaims the Russians for vetting out her Emails. the DNC corruption and more.. AGAIN…. THE blame game continues to attempt to draw the eyes of the American public into another direction.. Not anymore..

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      • Dr Rite on

        Oh you mean this Hillary:
        Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and With A smile on his face, says, “The media is really tearing you apart for That Scandal.”
        Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to Hide my Activities?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything Else?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, Hiring Cronies, And taking bribes from foreign countries?
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “You mean the drones being operated in our own country without The Benefit of the law?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it Declared Bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?”
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “The funding of neoNazis in the Ukraine that led to the toppling of the democratically elected president and to the biggest crisis that country has had since WWII ?”
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos?”
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “Being the mastermind of the so-called “Arab Spring” that only brought chaos, death and destruction to the Middle East and North Africa ?
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “Leaving four Americans to die in Benghazi and go to sleep?
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?”
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “Encouraging and supporting the murders of Palestinians and the destruction of their homes, towns and villages by Israel ?”
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “The funding and arming of terrorists in Syria, the destruction and destabilization of that nation, giving the order to our lapdogs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to give sarin gas to the “moderate” terrorists in Syria that they eventually used on civilians, and framed Assad, and had it not been for the Russians and Putin, we would have used that as a pretext to invade Syria, put a puppet in power, steal their natural resources, and leave that country in total chaos, just like we did with Libya?
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “The creation of the biggest refugees crisis since WWII
        Trump: “No the other one:”
        Hillary: “Leaving Iraq in chaos? ”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 Months Later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “The NSA monitoring citizens’ ?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “Threats to all of Bill’s former mistresses to keep them quiet”
        Trump: “No, the other one.”
        Hillary: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware, when Bill left Office?”
        Trump: “THAT’S IT! I almost forgot about that one”.

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      • Smokey on

        She’s also a habitual liar whose top level service resulted in the deaths of Americans serving abroad, and she deplores the military. The only thing she has consistently come through on is pandering to the audience in front of her at the time, and once that’s over she gets amnesia.

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  2. Michael Augustine on

    Hi, Trump openly said early on he supports “state’s” rights for medical and at first glance rec is bad but was willing to listen to arguments, at that moment there was an opening to lobby him but no one even tried, along comes christy into the pic and now bam! he is anti cannabis period. at least in some folks eyes…the best republican bet would have been with Rand Paul as VP. clinton won’t even reschedule for 4 or 5 years and it will be a re election promise or campaign issue for whomever she wants to fill in after her run. kind of like obama’s mild threats to reschedule…that is if she wins…clinton is not a real friend of cannabis but i bet obama smokes a grip of weed while his library is being constructed.,also clinton is heavily supported by the private prisons and we have become easy targets, we have become easy money.

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    • Fred DeLisio on

      Trump is in favor of legalizing ALL drugs (look it up), and 100% in favor of Medical Marijuana — couple that with the fact that Clinton is a KNOWN criminal, and while Trump (22 years ago) was saying ALL drugs need to be legalized, Hillary was busy shredding federal documents at the Rose Law Firm to cover Bill’s laundering 100 million dollars a month through the ADFA (look it up — it’s COMMON knowledge in Arkansas — everyone knows what crooks they were THEN…!!!) — Vote for Trump, and get this country back on Track (I am a MJ business consultant owner in California, just so you have a bit of reference).

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  3. Kevin Mahoney on

    Trump already came out and said his VP will be in charge of foreign and domestic affairs, which is everything. Lets look at Indiana and see how PRO cannabis they are, medical or adult use. This should be a no brainer for anyone in the cannabis industry.

    I understand wanting to vote 3rd party, but if they won’t let Bernie in with most of the country behind him, what makes you think they will let anyone else in.

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  4. Eileen on

    Marijuana rights is a state issue. Also with Clinton’s record of saying things just to get elected (like now she favors the wall, and wants to renegotiate TPP), these marijuana executives are like other executives, jumping on the Clinton bandwagon just to avoid being called racist by recreational marijuana users, especially the younger ones. If Trump has no position on it, means he has no intention of meddling in it, which is a good thing. Marijuana is already a Schedule I drug and yet it is the fastest growing industry in the US. So what’s the big deal about moving it?

    I don’t expect Trump’s FDA would interfere with production (as long as it complies with state laws) or research. It isn’t high on his list of hot button items. It isn’t on Clinton’s either, despite what she said, unless ISIS is cultivating it.

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  5. Clark Fassett on

    Trump stated this last week that he favors letting the states choose. This is a position that should help the industry.

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  6. david d spilker on

    I’m worried that if Trump gets in, he may appoint Cristy as AG, who’s promised to abort the nacent cannabis movement.

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  7. George S. on

    Ain’t no way I am voting for Clinton even if she “says” she will legalize pot! Sorry but Iam not selling our country short over one issue. Not saying trumps the man, but he had said he would leave it up to the states to decide. But Iam not voting for Clinton no matter what!

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  8. J-Dub on

    Trump is in favor of states rights for legalization of MJ. Clinton has sold her soul to big pharma so there is no way in hell she will support MJ legalization.

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  9. Jozef Bleaux on

    If Trump wins, Chris Christie becomes Attorney General, and he’s already said “Oregon and Colorado, smoke ’em while you got ’em, I will rigidly enforce Federal marijuana laws.” You sure about voting Dump in?

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  10. Igor Zbitnoff on

    My concern about Trump is that he doesn’t really have focus on this issue. Instead his VP Mike Pence and potential AG Chris Christie might by default have a lot to say in the matter. Both are prohibitionists, and I could see that both could see political gain from ramping up of the War on Drugs, cannabis in particular.

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  11. JT on

    First of all, Chris Christie is not going to become Trump’s Attorney General — not the negative way he has been behaving towards Trump and Team Trump. Second, Hillary was the wrong one to pick as the winner because with her deceive the infidel attitude more than likely Huma has already had her converted into a Muslim. If so, a Muslim will not stand for federal marijuana legalization. Internet search the following: Hillary Islam convert and Hillary jihab Now, Trump on the other hand doesn’t judge what people choose to do with their bodies or what partner they choose. Just look at the New York Post where they release pictures of his wife naked in bed with a woman when she was twenty five years old — and, he didn’t judge her because it was her choice at a time in her life when she wasn’t a part of his life. I believe that he will allow the states to decide on the legalization of marijuana and will have the federal law stay out of it just like it is right now. He knows the drug companies are presently letting us down. Lastly, I’d like to say that Trump’s wife is beautiful and the so is the human body. The human body should be celebrated with or without clothes, it is the vessel God gave our spirit. I’m done as, I lean back and enjoy my Blue Dream spirit tea. 🙂

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