The predictions are coming true: Cannabis is beginning to play a larger role in presidential politics.
Most recently, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton staked out a formal position on federal cannabis reform, telling a campaign rally on Saturday that she wants to move marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 to allow for further research into the medicinal benefits of the plant.
Clinton’s closest competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, recently came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on marijuana altogether, and even filed a bill to that end in the U.S. Senate.
Other presidential hopefuls on the GOP side have also made overtures toward easing marijuana restrictions, taking a states’ rights stance.
Rescheduling has been the subject of heated debate among activists for a long time, as some say it actually wouldn’t do much tangible good for the industry.