Presidential Candidate With Mixed Marijuana Record Endorses Legalization

Presidential Candidate With Mixed Marijuana Record Endorses Legalization

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said on Friday that he’s in favor of federally legalizing marijuana. That represents a significant shift for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, whose record on cannabis reform has been mixed and who previously opposed a statewide decriminalization proposal during his time as governor. Asked about his prior and current stance on the issue, Patrick told Cheddar’s Justin Chermol that he is supportive of legalization and seemed to attempt to distance himself from his prior stances. “I am,” he said. “I don’t think I ever expressed opposition, it just wasn’t high on my own list of priorities.” Q Do you regret opposition to decriminalized marijuana as MA Gov & are you in support of legalization today? PATRICK: "I am, I don't think I ever expressed opposition, it just wasn't high on my own list of priorities… there are concerns who participates in that industry" https://t.co/zyzsZWuxUB pic.twitter.com/rULaz3VBlY — Justin Chermol (@justin_chermol) December 13, 2019 Patrick did threaten to veto a cannabis possession decriminalization measure in 2007, and he was publicly listed as a supporter of a campaign opposed a decriminalization ballot initiative that voters went on to approve in 2008. The former governor, whose administration faced…

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