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#996
A 7/12/2018 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum question for all Republican candidates:
If the legalization of marijuana passes on the ballot this November, what do you think is a reasonable amount of time to develop policies and procedures for its implementation?

I support the ballot measure. Marijuana needs to be legalized. We can't keep it criminalized as is, it doesn't make any sense. The law on drugs is failing, in fact it is destroying society, doing more harm than good because of crime centered around addiction and the government is not doing enough to help. So with that, we've got to regulate it like alcohol, honestly. It's safer than cigarettes, safer than alcohol. We have to be smart about this. It's [not] going to fuel other drugs because marijuana is only a gateway drug if you have to go to a drug dealer. It's not a gateway drug when you're going to the store to buy it.
#1004
A 7/12/2018 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum question for all Republican candidates:
If the legalization of marijuana passes on the ballot this November, what do you think is a reasonable amount of time to develop policies and procedures for its implementation?

The type of ballot question that it is tells when it's going to be implemented, we don't have any choice about that. What we're going to end up doing is having to follow up with very minimal restrictions that we can, because that's all spoken to in the ballot question. We are prohibited, the legislatures, from bringing additional rules on it, discussion during this particular session, we're going to be very prohibited with what we can change in the future.

And it's not safe, it's not being regulated like alcohol. People in the back seat can be smoking a joint in a car that's driving down the road, and we don't have any ability to test them to find out whether or not they're impaired today, or if they smoked it three days ago. It's a huge problem going forward and I do oppose it, but the reality is that it's going forward in the ballot, so the people will have a choice and then we'll end up dealing with the legislation if it moves forward.