MA Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren Voices Support for Medical Marijuana
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren offered her support for legalizing medical marijuana in an interview with a Boston radio station on Monday. She said her father's battle with cancer taught her the importance of using appropriate drugs to help alleviate pain.
“You know, I held my father's hand while he died of cancer,” she said, “and it's really painful when you do something like that up close and personal. My mother was already gone, and I was very, very close to my father. And it puts me in a position of saying, if there's something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who's suffering, I'm in favor of that. Now, I want to make sure they've got the right restrictions. It should be like any other prescription drug -- that there's careful control over it. But I think it's really hard to watch somebody suffer that you love.”
Voters in Massachusetts will be deciding this fall on whether or not to make Question 3 law, and legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients.
Meanwhile, across the country in Colorado, former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo voiced his support for his state's ballot measure to legalize the sale of marijuana in a letter to Republican lawmakers. "I have decided that it presents a responsible, effective and much-needed solution to a misguided policy,” Tancredo wrote last week. "Eighty years ago, Colorado voters concerned about the health and safety of their families and communities approved a ballot initiative to repeal alcohol prohibition prior to it being done by the federal government. This November, we have the opportunity to end the equally problematic and ineffective policy of marijuana prohibition."
The momentum is clearly with those who favor marijuana law reform. Will it translate into votes in November?
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