A LOOK AT THREE SENATE CANDIDATES WHO COULD INFLUENCE CANNABIS LEGALIZATION
- November 2, 2018
Overall, this looks to be a very interesting election year, thanks to the little, fragrant green plant known as marijuana. For over thirty years, this herb has been in the limelight (or the greenlight, in this case) and, after years of waiting, has gained acceptance in over thirty states. Based on recent activity, more states are following close on the heels of Massachusetts, Colorado, California, and Washington. However, keep in mind that while Missouri, Utah, Michigan, and North Dakota have set the cannabis decision on the ballot does not mean other states will not be voting on the issue this month. Based on accounts from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), here are some candidates for the U.S. Senate whose influence could greatly impact the pro-cannabis movement. Let’s take a closer look.
Rick Scott (R-Florida)
Currently the term-limited governor of Florida, Rick Scott is now fighting for a Senate seat against incumbent Senator Bill Nelson, who has already received praise from the cannabis community. Scott, on the other hand, has not been greeted by equally warm compliments. In recent years, the governor has fervently fought against a patient’s right to smoke marijuana for medical reasons. As part of the recent constitutional amendment, Floridians passed a 71% vote in favor of the new document, which hints that residential smoking is permitted under Florida law. Nevertheless, Scott’s group is still pressing on with an appeal against the drug.
Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada)
At this time, one of the tightest Senate races is taking place between Senator Dean Heller and Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (Democrat). During her career, Rosen has supported federal legislation that will defend states that have legalized medical cannabis and permit banks to partner with marijuana businesses. Even more interesting, Congresswoman Rosen has also co-sponsored seven pro-cannabis bills and strongly believes marijuana should not be listed as a Schedule-I substance.
Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)
From his term as an El Paso City Congressman to his current role as a Congressman, Beto O’Rourke has been a significantly powerful figure in the fight for marijuana legalization. Besides his support from the little green herb, Congressman O’Rourke has also demonstrated his love for the public, singing along with Willie Nelson on the country legend’s song “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” On the opposite side of the board, O’Rourke is fighting against Senator Ted Cruz, who staunchly believes that consuming marijuana should result in jail time.
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