Despite repeated meetings and a medical degree as a dentist, Gosar has consistently stayed on wrong side of issue, even for vets, Proposed some draconian anti-cannabis bills over the years.
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"I am not advocating more “War on Drugs” policy. After 40 yrs it looks like drugs won. Maybe it will get a parade in Times Square. I am saying treat pot like a drug not a lifestyle. All drugs have potential metabolic, neurologic, hepatic, renal or cardio-vascular effects." (05/30/19)
"As a health care professional, I oppose Proposition 205 and the legalization of recreational marijuana as it would cause major public safety risks, endanger Arizona kids, and protect a commercial industry that profits from expanded drug use. This is a bad deal for our roads, our kids, and our economy," said U.S. Representative Paul Gosar. "Why would we allow Arizona to be Big Marijuana's next victim when we can point to the catastrophic impacts of legalized recreational marijuana in neighboring states? Colorado and other marijuana-friendly states have seen increased pot-related hospitalizations, youth usage, accidental ingestion, and marijuana-related DUIs. We can not let Big Marijuana make millions at Arizona's expense. I urge Arizonans to get the facts on legalized recreational marijuana and ask Arizonans to vote �no' in November."
"Regardless of your feelings on States' Rights, medical marijuana or recreational marijuana, people should not be able to get high using hard-earned taxpayer money. The sole purpose of this bill is to prohibit marijuana from being purchased with federal welfare benefits... Taxpayers expect and deserve a lean, efficient government."
On the No Welfare for Weed Act, "It should go without saying that hard-earned taxpayer money should not be used for people to get high. However, there will always be some people who try to game the system and that is why this revision to federal law is necessary. This bipartisan bill is so commonsense that it has earned the support of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Let me be blunt: Regardless of any opinions on medical or recreational marijuana use, federal welfare dollars should not be spent to purchase weed. The sole purpose of this bill is to prohibit marijuana from being purchased with SNAP and TANF welfare benefits. These programs provide food and other basic living essentials for the neediest families. My legislation prohibits beneficiaries from purchasing pot with federal tax dollars that should be used by recipients to feed and care for their families."
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