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Sensible approach to marijuana instead of prohibition

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: Strongly opposes. Sensible approach to marijuana policy instead of prohibition.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues , Nov 26, 2015

Sensible approach to marijuana policy instead of prohibition

Current marijuana policy in Alabama, and across America, lacks reason, intelligence and sanity. It creates criminal empires, puts our children in unnecessary danger and clogs our courts and prisons with people who would be considered normal productive members of society, but because they choose to use marijuana as opposed to alcohol, they are considered criminal. These are just some of the problems that prohibition creates, but a sensible approach to marijuana policy would solve those problems and many of the other problems that currently plague our state.

I believe it is time to remove marijuana from schedule I and place it among the group of schedule V drugs that can be sold over-the-counter pursuant to age verification. Doing this will allow the states to tax and regulate marijuana as they see fit. This will create a much needed revenue stream for states across the country.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com , Jul 23, 2015

Allow farmers to grow hemp: ecologically friendly cash crop

It is important that we provide Alabama farmers with the means to be successful, but with the push for renewable energies and green technologies the future of the Alabama Farmer includes the production of usable fiber. Once elected, I will sponsor legislation that will allow farmers to grow hemp to be used in the production of textiles, biofuels & other beneficial products, giving them a viable cash crop that is less expensive to produce and more ecologically friendly than other crops.

Hemp had been a part of our history dating back to Washington and Jefferson, who both grew hemp. The production of hemp was halted in the US with passage of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937.

Hemp can be grown organically. Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. This will allow the Alabama Farmer to move into the future and insure a healthy farm economy for all Alabamians.

Source: AL.com editorial by Ron Crumpton on 2016 Alabama Senate race , Apr 16, 2015

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