Like any politician these days, Senator Claire McCaskill wants to talk about jobs, the economy, and how she can create more jobs and a better economy. But during her town-hall meetings across Missouri this week, McCaskill was bombarded with questions about marijuana legalization -- and she's really surprised about that.
Fortunately, that didn't stop people from asking McCaskill about marijuana reform, including whether rape survivors and war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder should be allowed to medicate with marijuana instead of powerful pharmaceutical painkillers.
During a town hall in Kansas City on Wednesday, the Democratic senator expressed her amazement over how many questions she was asked about marijuana-law reform:
"I've been totally taken aback by the number of questions and comments that have come up in a number of town hall meetings about the legalization of marijuana. I didn't expect that. There has been, frankly, more on that topic in town halls than any other topics so far, which is fascinating to me."
McCaskill's alleged "fascination" over citizens' concerns about marijuana prohibition -- which costs Missourians millions in taxpayer dollars each year, deprives people of an inexpensive and otherwise accessible medication and puts people in prison and jails on a daily basis (including a man who's been in prison for twenty years, serving a life without parole sentence) -- wasn't enough for the former prosecutor to immediately change the subject to "jobs" and "the economy."
"I would like to spend a few minutes before I start answering your questions to talk about our economy, to talk about an idea I'm working on in a bipartisan way to see if we can't jump-start more jobs," McCaskill said after preemptively brushing aside marijuana-reform concerns and proceeding to pull written questions out of a hat.
But McCaskill still had to answer at least one cannabis question Wednesday.
"Do you believe that rape victims and war veterans that use medical cannabis to alleviate PTSD in Missouri should be incarcerated alongside rapists, murderers and other violent criminals?" read a written question from Amber Iris Langston, a board member of Show-Me Cannabis..
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