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In comments to McClatchy….. Tuesday — in the middle of a 2018 campaign for her seat in a state that has settled into the legal pot market — the California Democrat said she was open to considering federal protection for state-legalized marijuana.
Feinstein’s office said her views changed after meetings with constituents, particularly those with young children who have benefited from medical marijuana use.
“Federal law enforcement agents should not arrest Californians who are adhering to California law,” said Feinstein, who faces a challenge from Kevin de Leon, who’s attracting many liberals who see Feinstein as too moderate.
While not a champion of the marijuana issue, de Leon hasn’t opposed legalization either. Democratic consultant Steven Maviglio said de Leon could use opposition to portray Feinstein as out of touch, an argument the strategist said has been the challenger’s “meal ticket.”
“My state has legalized 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,” she said.
Feinstein has said that when she was a parole officer she saw too many criminals who “began with marijuana and went on to hard drugs.”
Legalization advocates have accused her of spreading “‘reefer madness’-style disinformation campaigns” about California’s 2016 ballot effort to legalize adult use of marijuana, called Proposition 64.
Feinstein remained vocally opposed to Prop 64. She gave qualified support for medical marijuana use at the time, but not for recreational use.
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