Rep. Hoyer on Legalized Pot: 'I'm Not A Proponent'

January 13, 2014 - 4:06 PM

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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

(CNSNews.com) - Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says, “I’m not a proponent of the legalization of marijuana.”

Rep. Hoyer was asked about his stance on the issue of marijuana legalization during an interview on a Jan. 9 Newsmakers program on C-Span.

Hoyer said his initial reaction to the issue of marijuana legalization was a positive one – but that was several years ago.

“Then as I talked to people who deal with drug abuse issues, with rehabilitation issues, I became convinced that marijuana was in fact a threshold drug and that it would lead to the use of harder, very harmful drugs,” Hoyer said.

“So, I’m not a proponent of the legalization of marijuana.”

Bills to legalize marijuana are expected to be introduced to the Maryland General Assembly during the 2014 session.

Currently federal law forbids banks and credit card companies from processing marijuana transactions, which has caused problems in states, like Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use.