Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA) on Medical Marijuana

In Short

The former governor of Virginia and former chairman of the Republican National Committee has stated support for states’ rights, but has yet to publicly state that he would end the federal raids on medical marijuana patients and their caregivers.

What Gov. Gilmore Has Done:

Gov. Gilmore has neither cosponsored nor voted on any legislation specifically addressing medical marijuana.

What Gov. Gilmore Has Said:

On June 5, 2007, in Manchester, New Hampshire, Gilmore was asked if he would end the federal raids on state medical marijuana patients. He responded, “I think that that kind of approach has to be done under the law of the various states. If you have states that permit it, I would not expect to see a raid by anybody, but I don’t support it or approve of it.”

GSMM staff then asked, “So you’re saying that you would protect state rights and end the federal raids on state programs?” Gov. Gilmore responded, “I believe that the federal law enforcement authority should support and enforce the federal law. To the extent that they are needed to work with state officials, then they should do that, once again, under the state law, and they should not go beyond that and I’m not aware they are.”

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *