Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

In Short

Rep. Hunter has stated clearly that if elected he would have Californians raided and arrested by DEA agents for using medical marijuana legally under California state law. He has also consistently voted in opposition to legislation that would have protected medical marijuana patients and caregivers participating in medical marijuana programs.

What Rep. Hunter Has Done:

In 2007, Rep. Hunter voted against the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, which would have ended the federal government’s raids on patients and caregivers participating in state-approved medical marijuana programs. Rep. Hunter has not supported this legislation in any of the five years it has been voted on.

What Rep. Hunter Has Said:

On June 5, 2007, in Manchester, New Hampshire, staff and volunteers from GSMM asked Rep. Hunter if he would end the federal raids on his own constituents. He responded, “I remember, when I was on the select committee on narcotics, everybody who was a heroin addict had first been a marijuana addict, and I would be very careful about pulling back from the outlawing of marijuana. I know it’s been advocated by many, and I’ve seen the people who weigh 65 pounds as they die, totally addicted to heroin, who started on marijuana. So my answer is, I would not legalize marijuana.”

He was then asked again if he would end the federal raids on his own constituents in California, to which he responded, “If you have a federal law, you have to enforce the law. And that’s my answer.”

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