Holds office U.S. House District 52
Candidate in race for U.S. House District 52
H.R.2093 - STATES Act (2019-2020)
I co-sponsored the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) to ensure legitimate cannabis businesses have access to capital without fearing government retaliation.
Q: Legalizing recreational marijuana is obviously on the ballot. So where do you personally stand on that measure?
I support that measure for a couple reasons. But before I get to that, there's a federal issue, which is the banking system. It's ridiculous that we don't accommodate states like Colorado and Washington in banking so that people aren't having large amounts of cash in mattresses and things like that. It's just not right. And there's an ideological resistance to allowing marijuana growers to invest, or to use the banking system. And then that's really dangerous for people. I think unwise. So that's the federal issue. On the state side, they've really thought through this ballot initiative to raise some money from it, use it for the right things. And I think it's an improvement over the 1996 medical marijuana initiative because that's come to be kind of a little bit of a joke. There's really no barrier to getting a headache and you know, getting $40 for a marijuana card. And I just think that this would be a tighter regulation that what we have today.
Scott Peters: "I support California's medical-marijuana law but would not support non-medical legalization in California at least until we ensure that similar efforts have been successful in Colorado and Washington. I do believe the federal government should defer to the states on this issue, meaning it should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized it, to the extent that they have legalized it."
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