“California’s last prohibitionist” no longer opposes legal weed.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, a longtime opponent of weed, who was dubbed “California’s last prohibitionist” by Leafly, says she changed her views on cannabis after meeting with her constituents.
“Federal law enforcement agents should not arrest Californians who are adhering to California law,” she stated.
The 5-term senator is up for re-election in 2018 in a state where cannabis legalization is important to voters.
“It’s easy to look at this one issue and see it as sort of silly, but it broadly touches on all these intersectional issues,” Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, the president of California Young Democrats, stated. “So, I can say with confidence that this matters greatly to young Democrats.”
Feinstein has said that when she was a parole officer she saw many criminals who “began with marijuana and went on to hard drugs,” and she’s been accused of spreading “reefer madness” during California’s 2016 legalization push.
She explained her latest comments to McClatchy, stating, “My state has legalization marijuana for personal use, and as California continues to implement this law, we need to ensure we have strong safety rules to prevent impaired driving and youth access, similar to other public health issues like alcohol.”