Jeb Bush Torn Between Being Anti-MMJ and Pro-States' Rights

Jeb Bush Torn Between Being Anti-MMJ and Pro-States' Rights

By Victoria Kim 08/21/14

The former governor of Florida looks wishy-washy in his attempt to play both sides of the issue.

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On the issue of medical marijuana, the former governor of Florida Jeb Bush is conflicted.

Last Thursday, Bush issued a written statement urging Floridians to vote against the proposed amendment, also known as Amendment 2, which would allow physicians to recommend medical marijuana to individuals with debilitating medical conditions.

However, when asked by a reporter on Friday about the federal government’s role in enforcing federal drug laws in medical marijuana states, Bush, who is considering a presidential bid for 2016, said, “I don’t know. I’d have to sort that out. I think that states ought to have a right to decide these things. I think the federal government’s role in our lives is way too overreaching.”

“I believe it is the right of the states to decide this issue,” he said in a statement. “And I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

Amendment 2, or the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Florida as a proposed constitutional amendment.

So far, the proposed amendment is popular among voters in the Sunshine State. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 88% of Florida voters support legal medical marijuana, and more than half of voters favor the idea of allowing adults to have small amounts of pot for recreational use.