New York Senator Diane Savino thinks her state will be next to legalize weed.
“We shouldn’t be afraid to advocate for adult-use cannabis. We should be encouraging each other to do so,” she stated. “In a society where a growing majority of its citizens support cannabis legalization, our federal policies remain outdated and untouched.”
Under federal law, cannabis is treated as a Schedule 1 drug, such as heroin or LSD.
“This level of cognitive dissonance between Congress and the states is astounding,” Savino stated. “In the eyes of the federal government, cannabis is seen as highly addictive and having no medical benefits. But in the eyes of the public, it’s viewed much more favorably.”
Savino thinks, as we enter the midterm elections, that Democrats and swing districts should be looking to cannabis policy reform to bolster their support. And, although in the past, candidates kept their opinions on legalizing marijuana private in order to not detour voters, today many more are vocal in their support.
“In just the last year, its popularity has grown among my colleagues,” she explained. “Polling also shows it makes people more likely to vote for candidates who support adult-use cannabis. And what’s even more important is that the percentage that would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports adult-use cannabis is considerably low.”