From NY Times Magazine:
Are there any other positions that you have that might surprise people? My criminal-justice record is perhaps not as progressive as some of my fellow progressives’.
You’re one of a dwindling number of progressive politicians who oppose legalization of even the medical use of marijuana. Where does that come from? I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana. I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.
Photo: Cannabis is not a stigmatized and taboo subject in Holland. Their children are safe and not overtaken by a "drug culture."
Is the "drug culture" Wasserman-Schultz speaks of the result of America's drug war? High school drug use is now at its lowest level on record. Is it due to honest discussion we're starting to have about psychoactive substances in the United States? "Drug culture" is a drug war creation that doesn't exist in other countries for substances like cannabis.
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It's drug corruption of the central institutions of society on a massive scale. But that has gone on til our days, we have alcohol, um, tobacco? Well, this is my very point. That every society chooses a small number of substances, no matter how toxic, and enshrines them in its cultural values, then demonizes all other substances. And then persecutes and launches witch hunts against those users when some political pretext requires witch hunts and persecutions. So it's an old game and it's been played in many places. –Terence McKenna
Wasserman Schultz, one of 17 Democrats in the House to vote against the amendment on May 30, 2014, said she didn’t want to "limit the executive branch’s ability to enforce current federal law at their discretion."
The language was attached to another bill and signed into law in December. (She voted against similar failed amendments four times between 2005 and 2012.)
Her vote on those amendments "was very much focused on patients, and the fear of arrest they and their caregivers live under," Piper told PolitiFact Florida. He also argued that the Florida ballot measure -- which Wasserman Schultz opposed -- would have protected patients using medical marijuana.
Last year, she said the Florida ballot initiative was "written too broadly and stops short of ensuring strong regulatory oversight from state officials."
Piper also pointed to Wasserman Schultz’s "no" vote on an April 2014 congressional amendment on a spending bill for Veterans Affairs. The amendment, which failed, would have allowed VA doctors to talk to their patients about medical marijuana in states in which it is legal. But it’s a stretch to say that her "no" vote means she wants dying patients to go to prison."
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