There was a time when it was taboo for presidential candidates to talk about marijuana. Bill Clinton said he smoked but “didn’t inhale”. Barack Obama said he did inhale and even did some cocaine in his youth – “maybe a little blow” – but said the drug use was “reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy”. As presidents, both continued the “war on drugs” and upheld the prohibition of marijuana.
Times have changed. Last month, the California senator Kamala Harris was unrepentant and giggling as she told a New York radio show she smoked pot as a student. Asked if she supported legalisation, she said: “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”
Among 2020 candidates, marijuana legalisation is a mainstream issue. Among Democrats, nearly all have