WV Gubernatorial Candidates Address Marijuana Reform

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In a debate televised by WV Public Media on April 18, 2016, Democratic candidates for governor were asked their views on legalizing marijuana.

State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler is in favor of taking steps to decriminalize certain marijuana-related offenses. He also supports legalizing medical marijuana for people with serious medical conditions, such as cancer and MS.

I think we need to decriminalize some of the [. . .] particularly marijuana offenses. There are way too many people that have got a criminal record that can no longer work. — Kessler

Kessler also pointed out the challenge of getting any marijuana reform through the current legislature, citing the difficulty of passing the “brunch bill,” which allows for sale of alcohol before 1 PM on Sunday.

One of Kessler’s opponents, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, is more cautious in his views on cannabis. Goodwin fears that legalizing marijuana, even for medical use, could add to WV’s already overwhelming drug addiction problems. 

People don’t understand that the marijuana of today has 10 times the THC content of the marijuana of the late ’60s, early ’70s,” Goodwin said, “but here is the problem I have ultimately is, every time we have arrested a druggy, they have said they went through marijuana. –Goodwin

The third candidate, Jim Justice, declined multiple invitations to participate in last night’s debate.

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States Consider Limits on Cannabis Content

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In states such as Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, where cannabis is legal for recreational use, efforts are being made to curb the amount of THC in concentrates and edibles. Lawmakers say these changes are out of concern for public safety due to the rise in the number of children being seen in the ER for accidentally consuming edibles that look like ordinary candy. Marijuana advocates see the potential changes as an attempt to make cannabis illegal again.

https://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/why-are-legal-states-setting-more-limits-on-cannabis