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Ted Cruz Would Support States’ Right to Legalize if Elected President

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has reiterated his position that states should be allowed to alter their own marijuana policies, if that’s what voters decide.

The Texan senator, who was interviewed before addressing his supporters at a rally on Saturday, said that while he himself was opposed to the legalization of cannabis, he believes that states should be allowed to make that decision for themselves. Sen. Cruz said that, if elected president this November, he would respect the legalization laws in Colorado, Washington, and other states.

“I think on the question of marijuana legalization, we should leave it to the states,” Sen. Cruz told John Frank of The Denver Post. “If it were me personally, voting on it in the state of Texas, I would vote against it.”

He continued:

“The people of Colorado have made a different decision. I respect that decision. And actually, it is an opportunity for the rest of the country to see what happens here in Colorado, what happens in Washington state, see the states implement the policies, and if it works well, other states may choose to follow. If it doesn’t work well other states may choose not to follow.”

Sen. Cruz would not comment on whether or not he thought Colorado’s legalization has been a success, and admitted to knowing very little about the banking woes that currently plague the legal cannabis industry — so he would not share an official stance on the subject.

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