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Rubio doesn't close door to medical marijuana in Florida



As the nation’s stance on marijuana evolves, could Sen. Marco Rubio’s?

The Florida Republican made clear he does not support broadly legalizing pot or decriminalizing pot, as 20 states and the District of Columbia have done. But Rubio did not shut the door on medical marijuana, which Florida voters may decide in November.

“You hear compelling stories of people who say the use of medicinal marijuana  provides relief for the thing they are suffering. So I'd like to learn more about that aspect of it, the science of it,” Rubio said in an interview Thursday, asked about the Florida ballot initiative.

“I have qualms about that proposal, I really do, but I probably need to learn more about it,” he said. “The broader issue of whether we should be legalizing it is something I'm pretty firm about. I don’t think legalizing marijuana or even decriminalizing it is the right decision for our country."

Attitudes are changing in Rubio's old stomping grounds, Tallahassee. Today, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee is holding a session hold a workshop on a bill allowing the medical distribution of a specialty marijuana strain, Charlotte's Web.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:35pm]


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