In Buttigieg’s criminal justice reform plans, he calls for legalizing marijuana and expunging past convictions, as well as eliminating incarceration for drug possession, and reducing sentences for other drug offenses. NORML stated that Buttigieg “has voiced strong opposition to the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders,” but he also has talked about cannabis reform much less than his Democratic competitors. NORML doesn’t think Buttigieg would obstruct any efforts to change federal cannabis laws, but they don’t think it would be a priority for his administration.
As far as personal use, Buttigieg admitted in October that he used cannabis “a handful of times a long time ago,” after he toured a legal dispensary in Las Vegas.
“When you go into a place like [a dispensary], it almost reminds you of an Apple store how tidy and carefully it’s laid out, knowledgeable employees, and a legitimate business that still struggles because federal policy hasn’t caught up,” he said to reporters after the tour.