Presidential Candidates Begin To Speak-Out On Medical Marijuana

In response to a question from a New Hampshire voter during a televised forum in New Hampshire this past Tuesday, Vice President Al Gore distanced himself from the Clinton administration by stating that doctors “ought to have the option” to prescribe marijuana to seriously ill patients.
Gore said his late sister was prescribed marijuana in 1984 for her cancer chemotherapy but that it did not work for her. He added, “If it had worked for her, I think she should have had the ability to get her pain relieved that way.”
Bill Bradley, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, two weeks ago said he does not support medical marijuana now but added, “I think itÕs something we have to study more before we decide to do it.”
Gov. George W. Bush (R-TX), who is seeking the Republican nomination was the first candidate to address the issue in October when he said that while he did not personally support the medical use of marijuana, the decision of whether to legalize medical marijuana should be left to the states.
“This is really an example of grass roots democracy at its best, when ordinary citizens have the opportunity to raise issues that are important to them,” said Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director.
For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director at (202) 483-5500 or to view the candidates views on marijuana visit the NORML website.