Eliot Cutler on Drugs
Legal pot makes drugs seem ok, but prohibition isn't working
[After Portland voted to legalize marijuana possession up to 2.5 ounces], a spokeswoman for Democrat Mike Michaud said, "He is concerned that such efforts could make the drug more accessible to children and teens." Eliot Cutler, the independent in the
race, said he had similar concerns that legalizing marijuana for adults would also expand access to the drug for children and adolescents. "I think my biggest concern with legalizing marijuana is that it could send a message to our kids that drug use is
OK," Cutler said. Still, Cutler said he believed the current prohibition on marijuana wasn't working. "It has permitted the development of a thriving, unregulated and untaxed black market in nonmedicinal marijuana that is
easily accessed by children and adolescents, as well as adults," Cutler said.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Paul LePage demurred on the questions.
Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine governor race
, Sep 3, 2014
Legalizing marijuana sends message that drug use is OK
The Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that helped successfully campaign for legalization of recreational pot use in Portland last year plans to target Lewiston, South Portland and York this fall as it lays the groundwork for a statewide
legalization campaign in 2016. The efforts could benefit from the higher voter turnout likely in an election for governor.
"I think my biggest concern with legalizing marijuana is that it could send a message to our kids that drug use is OK," Eliot
Cutler, an independent candidate for governor, said in a statement to the Press Herald. "That said, the current system doesn't work--it has permitted the development of a thriving, unregulated and untaxed black market in non-medicinal marijuana that is
easily accessed by children and adolescents, as well as adults." Cutler said he would create a task force to look at the issue and recommend whether Maine should follow the lead of Colorado and Washington--and if so, how.
Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine Senate race
, Jan 21, 2014
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