Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Wants to Keep Arresting Pot Smokers
The veteran Florida congresswoman and head of the Democratic National Committee has taken a lot of heat from the party's liberal and progressive wing for numerous reasons, and now she's just provided one more. In an interview with the New York Times magazine to be published Sunday, Wasserman-Schultz stood firm against marijuana legalization:
You’re one of a dwindling number of progressive politicians who oppose legalization of even the medical use of marijuana. Where does that come from? I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana. I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.
Heroin addiction often starts with prescribed painkillers. Pill mills were a problem in Florida, but the state didn’t make prescribing opiates illegal. There is a difference between opiates and marijuana.
Still, your opinion on this does seem like an outlier. It’s perfectly O.K. to not be completely predictable. I am a person, and I have individual opinions that may not line up ideologically. They’re formed by my personal experience both as a mom and as someone who grew up really bothered by the drug culture that surrounded my childhood — not mine personally. I grew up in suburbia.