Michael Franken, the Democratic candidate from Sioux City, has been vocal about legalizing cannabis at the federal level, removing it as a controlled substance, and addressing imprisonment for marijuana-related offenses.
Candidate in race for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
"Iowa is losing revenue to states like Illinois from the taxes generated AND paying the high price of putting people behind bars for possession of cannabis. Let's put our state on even footing and legalize it nationwide." (September 2022)
"It is far past time to legalize cannabis in the United States. But first, we’ve got to pass on Grassley." (September 2022)
“I view the medicinal use of marijuana and the recreational use, controlled much like we do with alcohol, to be absolutely fine and well overdue,” Franken told reporters on Iowa Press in June. “And we should have the federal statutes put in place where money, revenue generated by taxing THC is used for interstate commerce just like it would for anything else.” (June 2022)
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