Wasserman Schultz has stated multiple times that she is against the legalization of marijuana, and has been inconsistent in her stance regarding medical marijuana in Florida. Historically, she has been quite anti-medical marijuana, but has recently loosened her position and started to move in favor of medical marijuana programs and legislation. She has been quoted likening marijuana use to the use of opioid painkillers.
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"You're one of a dwindling number of progressive politicians who oppose legalization of even the medical use of marijuana. Where does that come from? I don't oppose the use of medical marijuana. I just don't think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.
Heroin addiction often starts with prescribed painkillers. Pill mills were a problem in Florida, but the state didn't make prescribing opiates illegal. There is a difference between opiates and marijuana."
"She approves of its medical use but opposes legalization - as a matter of personal principles, she told The New York Times. Schultz says that she has no problem being a political outlier on the issue because her opinion was formed based on "personal experience both as a mom and as someone who grew up really bothered by the drug culture that surrounded my childhood - not mine personally. I grew up in suburbia."
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