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Headlines: Florida Senate and Gubernatorial Races Divided by Marijuana Policy

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Headlines: Florida Senate and Gubernatorial Races Divided by Marijuana Policy

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When it comes to marijuana, the gubernatorial primary winners in Florida are sharply divided. On the Democratic side, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has positioned himself as a squarely pro-legalization candidate. [GILLUM CLIP: “I’ve said before and was proud to lead the pack by saying we ought to make legal all forms of marijuana.”] Gillum’s Republican opponent, Congressman Ron DeSantis, is on the record opposing legalizing marijuana in Florida. [DESANTIS CLIP: “Now I’m not somebody that thinks having recreational marijuana for young people is good. I think that will make it more difficult for people to succeed. And I think parents right now—it’s very difficult to raise children in the modern technological environment, you’ve got so many different distractions, to throw marijuana into it and make it more prevalent, I think would make it harder for parents.”] DeSantis does enjoy a “B” rating from legalization advocacy group NORML, however, based on his voting history on Capitol Hill. The congressman has supported U.S. House amendments to protect state medical cannabis and recreational legalization laws from federal interference. However, DeSantis voted against amendments that would ease cannabis access for military veterans.

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