Mormon Presidential Candidate: Let States Legalize Heroin


States should be able to legalize not only marijuana, but heroin as well.

That’s the position of a Mormon presidential candidate you may not have heard of but who could upend the entire presidential race by winning just one state.

“I believe that states ought to be able to make that decision for themselves,” independent candidate Evan McMullin said in an interview on Thursday with Fox Business Network’s Kennedy.

McMullin added that he supports reclassifying cannabis under federal law. “I don’t know if I’d do it on day one, but I do support rescheduling it,” he said.

At least one poll has shown McMullin leading Utah, where about 60 percent of residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon Church.

If McMullin wins Utah and other states vote in such a way that neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are able to get to 270 electoral votes, the result of the presidential election will be determined by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. With a growing divide between GOP nominee Trump and mainstream leaders in his party, McMullin would have a chance to ascend to the presidency after having won just one state.

McMullin’s support for rescheduling marijuana and letting states enact broader drug policy reforms is particularly striking in light of the fact that Mormon Church leaders have advocated strenuously against marijuana legalization.

To be clear, McMullin hasn’t endorsed ending prohibition outright, and in fact said that if legalization were being considered in his state, he’d oppose it. “I think that would be a really bad decision,” he said. “I wouldn’t support it. I wouldn’t vote for it.”

However, not only calling for the right of states to legalize cannabis but also heroin is quite remarkable for a presidential candidate who enjoys such broad support from anti-drug Mormons and who could blow open the entire presidential race by winning a single state.

To see what McMullin opponents Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have said about cannabis and drug policy, check out’s comprehensive guide to the candidates. 

Photo Courtesy of Allie Beckett.

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Tom Angell covers policy and politics for

Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization Marijuana Majority, which works to ensure that elected officials and the media treat legalization as a serious, mainstream issue. Marijuana Majority led the effort to get the U.S. Conference of Mayors to pass a resolution telling the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, and orchestrated the first-ever endorsement for marijuana legalization by a U.S. Supreme Court justice (John Paul Stevens).

Previously, Tom worked for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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  1. There are so many healing qualities to this poppy derivative. It would definitely be a first step in relieving racial profiling and institutional oppression of of low income minorities. Let my people go Babylon.

  2. Just legalize all plants, straight opium is a lot more fun than any synthetic opioids and its also a lot harder to kill yourself with. Psychiatrists and pain doctors would have a lot less work, but they mostly just fuck people up to begin with.

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