Senate Candidates In Three States Pressed On Marijuana Issues At Debates

Senate Candidates In Three States Pressed On Marijuana Issues At Debates

Marijuana was on the minds of the moderators of three separate U.S. Senate election debates in one day. Incumbent senators and their challengers in Colorado, South Carolina and Texas were all pressed to share their cannabis policy views on Friday. Here’s what the candidates said: Colorado Voters in Colorado made their state the first to legalize marijuana by passing a ballot initiative in 2012, but that was far from the end of the cannabis debate there. Now, senators and would-be senators are being pressed to talk about what they will do to defend their state’s law from federal intervention. At their debate on Friday, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and his challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) were asked if they support legalization of marijuana at the federal level. “I’ve worked hard to make this conflict go away, to allow states’ legalization to occur,” Gardner replied. “Yes, the answer is yes. Gov. Hickenlooper actually vetoed marijuana legislation.” Hickenlooper, who first endorsed legalization during the course of his unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said, “Yes, we have to decriminalize it at the federal level, absolutely.” Legalize it. — John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) October 10, 2020 Gardner is correct that Hickenlooper vetoed several cannabis reform bills in his last year in office as governor, including proposals to add autism as a medical marijuana qualifying condition, to increase flexibility for investments in the cannabis industry and to allow dispensaries to operate tasting rooms. In 2012, he unsuccessfully campaigned against the state’s marijuana…

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