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BruceRauner.com
Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who would have vetoed the Illinois medical marijuana laws.


Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wouldn’t have allowed medical pot in Illinois had he been governor over this past term. Since he’s not governor, though it’s easy for him to sit back and play armchair quarterback when it comes to medical cannabis and criticize the current administration for following through with the will of the people and their elected officials.
But medical marijuana is legal, and now Rauner says he would milk it for all he can. His latest idea? Give out grow and dispensary licenses to the highest bidders, effectively cutting out small business owners and giving preferential treatment not to those who care about patients and medicine, but those who purely see dollar signs in the new industry.


Though marijuana possession remains a jailable crime in Harris County, the law of the land is shifting toward leniency for offenders. Both contenders in the November race for Harris County District Attorney have presented alternatives to convicting those caught with pot.
DA incumbent Devon Anderson and challenger Kim Ogg agree that the old ways need to change, but they clash on how much. The confusion likely stems from the fact neither candidate has the numbers to back her plan. One lacks a cost-savings analysis, and the other has provided practically useless estimates. Houston Press has more.

Mary Rose Wilcox, center, with supporters.


Comprehensive immigration reform dominated the candidate forum at South Mountain Community College last week — and no wonder, considering that voters in in Arizona’s Seventh Congressional District are overwhelmingly Democratic Latinos. And here’s a shocker: All of the candidates at the forum — a politician, a preacher, an attorney and a teacher — support immigration reform that includes halting deportations and a path to citizenship.
But when it comes to legalizing pot in Arizona, only Mary Rose Wilcox, former Maricopa County Supervisor, voices her opposition to doing so.


Medical marijuana activists see the state’s new law as only the beginning of broader reform. They’ve vowed to continue fighting at the capitol and extend coverage to thousands more Minnesotans.
Success or failure depends not only on the stamina of such activists, but on the outcome of this fall’s elections, particularly in the race for governor. Of course, a lot can happen in a year. But it’s worth considering where the remaining candidates stand on this single issue to get a better sense of the difficulty of the task ahead.

Sheila Gallagher.


It’s not necessarily the type of issue that school superintendents take up, but would-be state schools chief Sheila Gallagher says legalizing pot to pay for schools is among her top priorities.
Gallagher, who is running for the statewide position, says that current attitudes around cannabis are changing. People are going to use cannabis, she says, so why not tax it and put the money to good use: the state’s children.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott.


Will Florida’s 2014 governor’s race become the election that was over before it even began? Ever since Governor Rick Scott’s approval ratings plummeted shortly into his tenure, rumors have floated that Charlie Crist would officially become a Democrat and trounce Scott in an election … and that seems to be what’s going to happen. Maybe.
Recent polls show Crist with a comfortable lead over Scott, but the margin has shrunk since 2013 when several polls showed him with a double digit lead. Miami New Times has more.

VoteKaleka.org
Amardeep Singh Kaleka

Amardeep Singh Kaleka didn’t see politics in his future five years ago, nor did the Indian-American filmmaker think he would become a face for the compassionate use of cannabis. The Wisconsin-raised Kaleka instead was focusing on an Emmy-award winning career. But all of that changed in 2012 when his father, founder of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, was gunned down along with five others by a white supremacist that had entered the temple apparently in an attempt to start a holy war.
In his grief, Kaleka – living in California at the time – turned to medical cannabis to help his anxiety, panic-attacks and complete lack of appetite that comes with the tragic loss of a loved one.

You probably haven’t heard of Chris Mapp, a South Texas boat salesman and one of the six also-rans challenging John Cornyn in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and here’s hoping you never have occasion to hear of him again after March 4.
In addition to advocating for the right to shooting human beings found crossing the Texas/Mexico border without warning or provocation, this personal-liberties warrior is completely against your personal right to consume cannabis: “As this society degrades, I hope they can learn to speak a second language and that language had better be Chinese because if marijuana is your biggest issue then you are screwed and it pains me that you would take your country with you. your views will get this country in a place that liberty will become but a memory.”
Yes, Mapp truly believes smoking cannabis will lead to China taking over the world. Dallas Observer has the rest of this.

Charlie Crist.

Former Florida Governor and Currently Running To Be Florida Governor Again, Charlie Crist, says that he will vote for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida. On Monday, the Florida Supreme Court approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical weed be put on the ballot this November.
In December, Crist appeared on WJCT radio and said that the legalization of pot is “a matter of compassion.” The one-time GOPer didn’t always feel this way, as the Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports.

Charlie Crist.

Maybe the Florida Governor’s race isn’t totally over before it even began. Last time Public Policy Polling asked Floridians whether they plan to vote for pro-pot Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist or sitting Gov. Rick Scott, Crist has a 12 point lead. That was back in August. Now, for their first poll in the new year, PPP has found Crist’s lead has shrunk too w just two points. That’s in the margin of error, and is a statistical tie. Could that also represent how Floridians feel about a medical pot proposal?
Our friends at the Miami New Times have the details.

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