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3 Potential Democratic Candidates Back Pot Legalization

Michelle Lujan Grisham doesn’t have a clear position on the issue.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Rep. Michelle Lu­jan Grisham (D) “hasn’t taken a clear po­s­i­tion yet on marijuana leg­al­iz­a­tion but said she would work with law­makers in­ter­ested in the is­sue.”

Me­dia ex­ec­ut­ive Jeff Apo­daca (D), “who de­scribes him­self as a prob­able can­did­ate, said he was pre­scribed med­ic­al marijuana as a young adult when he un­der­went can­cer treat­ment. It helped him eat and avoid naus­ea, he said, so he knows the be­ne­fits firsthand. … Apo­daca said he sup­ports leg­al­iz­a­tion and be­lieves it would boost the eco­nomy and cre­ate jobs.”

Santa Fe May­or Javi­er Gonzales (D) “said the crim­in­al­iz­a­tion of marijuana has sent too many young adults in­to the crim­in­al justice sys­tem.”

Gonzales: “It’s time to leg­al­ize marijuana and es­tab­lish a prop­er reg­u­lat­ory en­vir­on­ment to tax and in­vest those mon­ies in­to end­ing the cycle of sub­stance ad­dic­tion that is des­troy­ing the lives of New Mex­ico’s kids.”

Busi­ness­man Alan Webber (D) “was the only Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor in 2014 to sup­port leg­al­iz­ing marijuana. He [said] that act­ing quickly would al­low New Mex­ico to de­vel­op its own brand — like Hatch chile — and en­cour­age loc­al com­pan­ies to take over the mar­ket.” (Al­buquerque Journ­al)

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