Carly Fiorina Says ‘No’ to Marijuana, but Respects States’ Rights

AFP Photo / Jim Watson
AFP Photo / Jim Watson
Washington, DC

Carly Fiorina, GOP presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO, spoke about drug use in Iowa on Thursday, adding that she would not enforce federal drug laws on states like Colorado, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, which have legalized marijuana use, reported The Des Moines Register.

“I believe in states’ rights,” Fiorina said. “They’re within their rights to legalize marijuana, and they’re conducting an experiment I hope the rest of the nation is looking closely at.”

Fiorina also said she does not believe marijuana should be decriminalized and spoke about her experience as a cancer patient who was offered medical marijuana for treatment:

My answer was no. My doctor said, “I’m really glad. Because marijuana is now a chemically complex compound. We don’t know what’s in it or how it reacts with other things.” If you ask a doctor about any kind of transplant … they say you cannot have one unless you’ve been free of marijuana for at least 30 days.

“We know that we don’t spend enough money on the treatment of drug use,” she continued.

Fiorina referenced how her daughter Lori passed away in 2009 from drugs and alcohol addiction.

“When you criminalize drug abuse, you’re actually not treating it. We had a daughter who died of addictions, so this lands very close to home for me.”