Krish Vignarajah, Democratic Candidate for Maryland Governor, Releases Statement Regarding Legalization of Marijuana for Medicinal and Recreational Use
Friday, April 20, 2018–Gaithersburg, MD— Krish Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Governor of Maryland, released a statement today regarding the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.
The statement is as follows:
“I support the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.
Legalizing medical marijuana has tangible public health benefits, like creating significant reductions in the number of opioid-related overdoses. Further, the taxation of marijuana could become an important source of revenue to fund education in Maryland, but the cultivation and sale of cannabis also needs careful regulation and fair competition for licenses to ensure that people of color are not shut out from the potential economic opportunities.
Ultimately, I believe we need to treat drug use as a public health issue, not a criminal one. This philosophy guides my approach to liberalization measures. We need policy that sensibly follows the evidence, rather than the drug enforcement dogma that too often penalizes our most vulnerable communities due to their ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic status.”
To learn more and support Krish Vignarajah’s and Lieutenant Governor Sharon Blake’s campaign, visit www.krishformaryland.com. Connect with the campaign on Twitter @KrishForMD and Facebook @KrishForMaryland.