"To allow our citizens to travel only a few miles to buy and use this common gateway drug — which the CDC and the New England Journal of Medicine have said can result in short- and long-term danger of addiction, altered brain development, chronic psychosis disorders, and others — would be irresponsible. And I intend to stop it."
Holds office U.S. House District 11
The bill calls for withholding 10 percent of federal highway funds from areas that violate federal law under the Controlled Substances Act, which prohibits recreational marijuana and classifies it as a Schedule I drug.
"The laws of any government should not infringe on the overall laws of our nation, and federal funds should not be awarded to jurisdictions that willfully ignore federal law. During a time when our communities are seeing unprecedented crime, drug addiction, and mental illness, the Stop Pot Act will help prevent even greater access to drugs and ease the strain placed on our local law enforcement and mental health professionals who are already stretched thin."
"During my time in the North Carolina Senate, I fought against legalizing marijuana in our state. As your congressman, I am taking this fight to Washington, DC. That’s why I’ll soon be introducing the Stop Pot Act.
It’s important that the tribe understands they will be voting on a measure that, if enacted, could soon be very costly, as the Stop Pot Act will defund governments that ignore federal law. I plan to move forward with this legislation regardless of the results of the tribal vote."
In response to 2022 NC Family Policy Council’s question “Should Congress legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes?” NO
"I just have an uncomfortable feeling that this is going to lead to more alcohol abuse, more drug abuse and being a gateway drug here in North Carolina," said Republican Sen. Chuck Edwards. "It really seems to not provide any real medical benefit other than allowing folks that are experiencing medical problems to be high."
"I do have a number of concerns, morally and otherwise, but I'm trying my best to look at this with open eyes, and I might be convinced," said Sen. Chuck Edwards, a Henderson County Republican.
F Public opposition to significant marijuana law reform (adult use, medical, and/or decriminalization) but may have sponsored and/or voted in favor of CBD/Hemp specific bills.
Voted Aye on SB168-Expand Allowed Medical Uses/Cannabis Extract - 2019
Did not respond to NC NORML's 2020 Primary Questionnaire
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