In an effort to inform voters, the Susquehanna Valley Progressives reached out to the four gubernatorial campaigns in regards to their positions on medical marijuana. We received the following statements:
Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian Candidate Statement:
The failed War on Drugs takes a social problem and makes it a criminal justice problem, clogging courts and filling prisons while enabling organized crime and terrorists to rake in a fortune.
Jailing pot smokers alone costs Pennsylvania taxpayers over $100 million annually. Even worse, under court-ordered prison caps they’re releasing murderers and rapists to make room for pot-smoking Grateful Dead fans. That’s insane!
And look at the current drug-fueled mayhem in Mexico, which has claimed over 29,000 lives since 2006. The problem is not drugs; the problem is that they’re illegal drugs.
To end this waste of money and lives, my first day in office I promise to pardon all non-violent drug offenders. That way our prisons, courts, and law enforcement can focus on real criminals, and a caring Society can focus on rehabilitation
For more information, visit www.KenK.org.
Tom Wolf, Democratic Candidate Statement:
[I] “support legalizing the use of medical marijuana because he believes we should not deny doctor-recommended treatments that could help people suffering from diseases or illnesses.” For more information visit wolfforpa.org.