Holds office U.S. House District 3
“I have always stated that I believe the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana is a state issue that the federal government should not involve itself in,” he said in a statement. “At a time when so many American small businesses are hurting, I am disappointed that House Democrats chose to bring a partisan marijuana bill to the floor instead of letting us vote on legislation to give small businesses access to the over $130B in unspent funds that remain in the Paycheck Protection Program.” (12/4/20)
When asked about MMJ by viewer Robert Mace in an interview, he said he was not a fan of marijuana but believes it's a state issue.
"I understand the desire to reduce the reach of the federal government. The effects of Colorado and Washington's decision to legalize the use of marijuana within their borders are yet to be fully seen. However, I believe that our federal government does have a role to play in keeping controlled substances out of the hands of our children and families. Drug abuse and addiction is a growing epidemic that is destroying lives and hurting families all across the country. As legislators, we have a responsibility to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of illegal narcotics. As a society, we must teach our children about the dangers of drugs in terms of physical harm, potential death, and lost opportunities for success. If we were to eliminate society's attempts to restrict marijuana, we would be sending mixed messages to our young people, a stance that I do not believe to be wise. I admire your dedication to this issue and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out me. Please know I will keep your views in mind should this bill be considered on the House floor. I hope you will not hesitate to let me know if I may be of further assistance in the future." (5/29/17)
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