This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Department of Justice to ramp up the prosecution of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized its use. This isn’t just a ridiculous waste of government resources; it’s also bad for medical patients and bad for business here in Pennsylvania’s 5th District.
While marijuana isn’t legal for personal use yet in Pennsylvania, medical marijuana is a legal form of treatment for several painful chronic diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. We’ve seen entrepreneurs across the state open up profitable, job-creating medical marijuana grow centers and dispensaries, like the one that just opened in Brookville here in our district.
Medical marijuana helps the sickest of our friends and neighbors in their time of need, and it also represents a chance for Pennsylvania’s 5th District to stake out a part of a multi-billion dollar industry that’s growing by 25 percent every year. Jeff Sessions’ short-sighted war on marijuana will scare away investors who want to bring good-paying jobs to places like Brookville.
While the government’s top prosecutor has decided to spend more of his office’s time and money on this pointless crackdown (and less money on pursuing white-collar crime), the vast majority of Americans, including 72 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans, support the legalization of marijuana. I’m running for Congress to help create a government that responds to the will of the people. It’s time we got our priorities straight.
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