It was the good modern poet Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. who once spoke of being “so motherfuckin’ excessive I might eat a star.”
Few mortals can boast of reaching such majestic heights. Mark Kelly, a person who orbited Earth a whole lot of instances as a NASA astronaut, is one in every of them.
Kelly is presently working to unseat Martha McSally as United States Senator for the good state of Arizona. Have been he to win, Kelly would vote on federal coverage, not state coverage just like the upcoming Proposition 207, which seeks to legalize leisure marijuana in Arizona.
However Kelly is a citizen of the state, and so when Brahm Resnik of 12 Information grilled the candidate final week about his positions, he additionally requested Kelly the place he stood on some Arizona poll measures earlier than voters on November 3.
Kelly squirmed on a couple of different questions however notably gave a direct reply on Prop 207. He’s for it.
“I believe I’m gonna vote sure,” Kelly stated. “It has some provisions in there to decriminalize it and handle some incarceration charges for marijuana offenses — I believe that’s good. I believe there’s a funding supply there. So I’m most likely gonna vote sure.”
Kelly added, “We’ve obtained a cut up family on that one,” referring to his spouse, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
“I believe she’s leaning the opposite manner,” Kelly stated of Giffords. “We’re nonetheless discussing it.”
Requested by Resnik if he’d assist eradicating marijuana as a Schedule 1 narcotic have been such federal laws to return earlier than him, Kelly stated he would. “Primarily based on my vote right here in Arizona, I might critically take into account eradicating it,” he stated.
For her half, when McSally was requested final month about her place on Prop 207, she declined to give an answer.
“I will let the Arizona voters resolve that,” she stated.
As a Congresswoman previous to being appointed to John McCain’s seat after his loss of life, McSally voted in opposition to a number of items of laws that will have given extra freedoms from federal interference to states that sought to legalize medical or leisure marijuana. She did assist a invoice that allowed Veterans Affairs medical doctors to advocate medicinal marijuana to vets. NORML offers McSally a D, a worse grade than Trump.
A Kelly victory in November is doubtlessly an enormous win for these searching for to reform marijuana legal guidelines on the federal degree. If a couple of different Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate additionally defeat their Republican opponents, the Senate majority will flip to Democrats, opening up new legislative avenues for change. Three weeks out, with Kelly up big within the polls, many hashish advocates can nearly style these stars.