Arizona governor Doug Ducey isn’t shy about his anti-marijuana views.
In 2016, Ducey actively opposed efforts to legalize marijuana for adult use, and his negative opinion of cannabis appears to still be the same, which is why NORML gave him a “D” grade on their latest legislative report card. It is expected that Ducey will oppose this year’s legalization efforts.
Ducey did sign a bill into law which will help make medical marijuana safer for patients by implementing requirements for testing marijuana and a bill making medical marijuana cards valid for two years instead of one, thus saving patients money on their medical marijuana card. However, Ducey’s statements often still echo tones of Reefer Madness.
He’s been quoted saying things like, “I don’t think any state ever got stronger by being stoned.”
It’s disheartening to see a public servant, such as a governor, be so opposed and closed-minded to a plant that has been scientifically proven to have therapeutic benefits for numerous health conditions.
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