Ron Kind does not hold a favorable view of marijuana or its legalization, but has made comments that he supports the rights of veterans to use the plant in lieu of prescription pills.
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Democrat Ron Kind says he believes it's a better alternative for many vets with chronic pain. "I don't have a problem with that. In fact, I've had a lot of veterans come up to me and say, you know, I'd rather not be prescribed this cocktail of prescription drugs, opioids, pain management. Rather, they'd like to have access under proper supervision of medicinal marijuana to deal with some of their pain needs."
"We should just watch and see how that experiment plays out," he said, "and what the unintended consequences of that might be."
"As a father and a former prosecutor in this area, I've got a lot of questions about just the recreational use of marijuana and what it might lead to," he said.
"Also, I think using marijuana makes people dumber," he said. "At a time when one of our greatest challenges is increased global competition."
(10/12/14) I support legalizing medical marijuana but oppose the full legalization of recreational marijuana. As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen the negative impact that drug and alcohol addiction can have on individuals, families and communities. Colorado and Washington State have taken the lead to decriminalize marijuana. We should watch those experiments closely before deciding to legalize recreational marijuana nationally.
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