Holds office U.S. House District 4
Candidate in race for U.S. House District 4
"Coloradans made a clear choice to legalize marijuana, but Congress has failed to bring federal laws into alignment with the will of state voters, leaving us with an outdated approach to federal enforcement. Public safety has and should remain primarily a state function."
"We have a black market and a gray market in Colorado and other states that exists because the cost of producing marijuana illegally is far below the cost of producing marijuana legally in a regulated market. It makes no sense."
"I have read the Attorney General's letter and considered his reasoning, and I continue to support the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment," Buck said [in response to May 2017 letter in which Sessions asks lawmakers to nullify the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment]
"Our brand will go from business-friendly and healthy to Rocky Mountain high," Buck said.
-But when it comes to marijuana regulation, he believes "voters are going to be able to distinguish personalities from issues -- and I think it's important that we focus on the safety of children and others in our community and not talk about distortions that arise out of past political campaigns.
-This is an issue-oriented campaign we're running, and I hope the other side does the same."
Buck directs his statements on the potential repercussions of making marijuana widely available for adult-recreational use. If Amendment 64 passes, he predicts that "we're going to see a proliferation of marijuana and a proliferation of young people using marijuana. We're going to see expulsion and dropout rates increase in our K-12 system. Really, I think this is a very simple equation: It is a profit-versus-people debate."
-Not that he begrudges advocates from out of state from contributing to either side. "I think it makes sense that there's going to be national money," he allows. However, he draws a contrast between "people who have a profit motive and a group that has a concern about the health of our children. That's the real difference on this issue. For people involved in the marijuana industry, this is an investment in their future. For people opposed, the investment is in our children."
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