This article was originally published on Goldleaf, and appears here with permission.
Without a doubt, there are many issues that we disagree on.
We can debate the virtues of economic policy based on a Keynesian approach versus one influenced by the Chicago School.
We can debate the virtues of an approach to foreign policy centered on prioritizing diplomacy versus one focused on increasing military strength.
We can debate the virtues of expanding the social safety net versus contracting it.
However, cannabis policy should be an issue that bridges the standard left-right divide.
These eleven political leaders share our hope that, in the future, the urgent need for cannabis reform will become a bipartisan issue that we can unite behind:
"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
"Pot is not a drug."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor (R-CA)
"Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere."
George Washington, 1st President of the United States
"Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana…We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society."
Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President of the United States
"Penalties against possession …