Q: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Martin Heinrich (D): Yes. "It's time to legalize marijuana."
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Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat who won election to the U.S. Senate last month, said in an interview that the war on drugs "as it has been framed has not been successful."
He said New Mexico's biggest problem with controlled substances is with hard stuff such as heroin and methamphetamines, not pot. Therefore, Heinrich said, state and federal resources should be aimed primarily at those harder drugs. And as for marijuana?
"I certainly support the states being able to use medical marijuana with a prescription from a doctor, there is no question about that," Heinrich said. "I wouldn't say I'm briefed enough on the issue to make a commitment beyond that.
"I think we need to look very closely at what the real impacts are in Colorado and Washington and what happens in those states as a result and learn from it," Heinrich said. "That's going to take some time."
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