One of the most prominent anti-marijuana Democrats is now changing his stance on the issue after his home state of Massachusetts finally began legal cannabis sales.
Representative Joe Kennedy III wrote an op-ed today calling for the federal government to legalize marijuana. This is a pretty surprising fact, considering Kennedy was pretty outspoken in his opposition to legalization prior to this op-ed, which set him apart from many in the Democratic Party who now embrace the issue.
Kennedy says he changed his mind after looking over research about the issue. He concluded that America's marijuana laws are broken and need to be changed.
"Our federal policy on marijuana is badly broken, benefiting neither the elderly man suffering from cancer whom marijuana may help nor the young woman prone to substance use disorder whom it may harm," Kennedy wrote. "The patchwork of inconsistent state laws compounds the dysfunction. Our federal government has ceded its responsibility — and authority — to thoughtfully regulate marijuana."
Kennedy's opposition to marijuana legalization was also notable since many see him as a rising star in the Democratic Party. He's only 38-years-old, his grandfather is Robert F. Kennedy and he was chosen earlier this year to deliver the Democratic Party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union. And his opposition also put him at odds with his own reputation as a progressive liberal.
So now the real question: Is he only changing his view on the issue in anticipation for running for president in 2020?
(h/t Stat News)