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Tim Scott on Drugs

 

 


Marijuana is unhealthy, but states' rights are important too

Thank you for contacting me regarding HR2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. This bill seeks to limit the application of federal marijuana laws. HR2306 would not legalize marijuana but would remove regulation of marijuana from the federal level and leave it to the discretion of each state. The bill seeks to strike marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, granting each state the power to decide whether to regulate, tax, or prohibit marijuana. It would also limit the federal government's role in combating cross-border and interstate smuggling of marijuana.

There is growing scientific evidence documenting the health risks associated with marijuana use including adverse effects on the lungs, the cardiovascular system, and possibly the immune & reproductive systems. However, I also understand the great importance of preserving the rights bestowed to the States.

Thank you again for your thoughts on this important issue. Sincerely, Tim Scott, Member of Congress

Source: Tim Scott constituent email: 2014 South Carolina Senate race , Jul 20, 2011

Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance.

Scott scores D by the NORML on drug reform

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:

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.

NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.

NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession & responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. 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 website 16_NORML on Nov 8, 2016

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