District 5 House of Delegates Democratic candidates
Zachary Hands: I would vote to legalize marijuana. It's categorization as a schedule 1 drug is laughable. I do see some pitfalls of its legalization. But the science is clear that it is no worse than alcohol, actually less so, and it would give the state direct control over the exchange of the drug.
Dorothy Scanlan: We have the opportunity to see how this will play out in two states: Washington state and Colorado. We can learn from their successes and mistakes. Assuming a favorable outcome, I would vote for the law. We are spending millions for law enforcement to chase down users and dealers. Wouldn't it make more sense to quality control, regulate, and tax it -- and, therefore, make money from it instead? Of course, I would want people to use it responsibly. To that end, I support treating marijuana consumption like alcohol consumption -- keeping it away from schools, preventing underage use, and nowhere near a moving vehicle. The same laws could be applied to marijuana use as are already applied to alcohol use. There is certainly controversy as to whether marijuana is addictive or acts as a gateway drug, but there is no hard data to bear this out.