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Patrick Murphy on Drugs

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Let states decide marijuana legalization

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Murphy: Voted for related bills like rights of states to choose, access to banking for marijuana businesses, access for veterans. Supports legislation that protects businesses and individuals in states where marijuana has been legalized, including permission for Veterans Affairs to recommend marijuana treatment to veterans in states that allow its therapeutic use.

Rubio: Opposes legalization. Backs federal override of state laws. Might consider low-THC strains for limited medical conditions. Rubio supports first requiring an FDA process and proven medical benefits; will continue to oppose legalization or decriminalization; supports enforcement of federal laws over state laws.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Florida Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Protect people complying with state marijuana laws from feds

The two leading Democrats vying to replace Rubio support marijuana law reform. Congressmen Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy have both consistently voted for House amendments to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. And last year, they both supported an amendment to protect all state marijuana laws, including ones covering recreational use, from federal attacks.

Murphy has co-sponsored standalone legislation protecting people complying with state marijuana laws from federal drug laws and allowing military veterans to get medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also signed on to bills to allow marijuana businesses to bank and be treated more fairly under the tax code.

Grayson has co-sponsored legislation to exempt high-CBD/low-THC medical marijuana preparations from the Controlled Substances Act.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Florida Senate race , Jun 13, 2016

Rated 50% by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform.

Murphy scores 50% National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law

Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (opposes all forms of marijuana decriminalization) to 75% (supports marijuana decriminalization and legalization).

About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty. This model is called "decriminalization."

NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."

NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.

NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.

Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.

Source: NORML rating on incumbents of 113th Congress 14_NORML on Jan 1, 2014

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