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A ReZsaun Lewis (D - SC) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Candidate in race for State House District 97 on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Biography

info@rezsaunforsc.com

www.rezsaunforsc.com

PO Box 1992, Summerville, SC 29483

Best Point Of Contact: Bria Major and Erica Sampson, info@rezsaunforsc.com, 843-900-7037.

 

I've publicly supported the legalization of all forms of marijuana. I have not been elected to office yet but I'm on record with my support.

 

Position on Marijuana Legalization

I believe that the federal prohibition of marijuana must end. According to the FBI, there have been more than 15 million cannabis arrests in the U.S. since 1995. While cannabis consumers who were not convicted have gone on to be president or Supreme Court justice, a criminal conviction can stand in the way of securing a job, getting housing, or receiving a professional license, student loan, food assistance, driver’s license, or firearms permit. 

Additionally, an estimate by the Congressional Research Service projected that replacing cannabis prohibition with taxation and regulation could yield $6.8 billion in excise taxes alone. In Washington State, taxes on cannabis sales brought in $600 million in 2020.

Cannabis is far safer than alcohol, tobacco, and many medications. In a nation dedicated to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the government should not be tearing families apart over a plant that is safer than alcohol. Researchers have consistently concluded that cannabis is less toxic than alcohol, it has less potential for addiction, and it is less likely to contribute to serious medical problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every year more than 50,000 Americans die from the health impacts of chronic alcohol consumption, with 2,200 additional deaths from acute overdose. Cannabis has not been shown to increase mortality, and there has never been a verified cannabis overdose death in history. It makes no sense for the law to steer consumers to the more dangerous substance.

Position on Marijuana Decriminalization

I support decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana. Many of these laws are used to overpolice people of color in this nation. According to the ACLU, Black individuals are more than 3.5 times as likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than white individuals nationwide, despite similar rates of use. In 2019, the FBI reported 663,367 cannabis arrests and citations — more arrests than for all violent crimes combined. Meanwhile, FBI data showed that police only cleared 33 percent of rapes, 31 percent of robberies, and 14 percent of burglaries by making an arrest. Data published in Police Quarterly showed a higher percentage of some crimes were solved after legalization in both Colorado and Washington.

I believe non-violent marijuana crimes are victimless crimes and should be expunged.

Position on Medical Marijuana

I support the legalizations of medical marijuana because research has shown that cannabinoids have the ability to reduce anxiety, reduce inflammation and relieve pain, control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth, relax tight muscles in people with MS and stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS. I believe that additional access and research of the benefits of marijuana would show even greater benefits and uses for cannabinoids.

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