Marksberry calls for legalizing marijuana as part of his U.S. Senate platform

09/13/2013 12:09 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry said he believes it’s time the United States legalize and tax marijuana.

The move is part of what Marksberry is calling a “new era” of thinking. He said that relates to not only marijuana, but to same sex marriage, health insurance and coal.

“The dynamics have changed. People are figuring it out,” Marksberry said. “If you were born in 1950 or before you can’t act like it’s 1950 or before. It’s 2013. It’s time.”

Marksberry, an Owensboro home builder, said he sees marijuana as a way to expand the tax base in Kentucky. He also said legalization would help reduce crime, both at home and abroad, as well as aid in health problems.

“It will help us to get crime off the streets, empty our prisons or jail systems and also help Mexico, our neighbor with the drug cartels down there,” Marksberry said.

As he did in 2010 when he ran for U.S. Congress against incumbent U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie Marskberry again has made health care affordability his top issue in the Senate race.

“When I ran for Congress I was for it even before it came out not knowing how it was going to affect me and millions of others,” Marksberry said of the Affordable Care Act.

Marksberry also said he advocates phasing out the use of coal for electricity because of the amount of carbon dioxide coal burning power plants expel.

That appears to be a different position than what he took in his 2010 congressional race against Republican Brett Guthrie.

From the Aug. 19, 2010, Bowling Green Daily News:

Markesberry said that while he agrees with the Democrats on most points, he wouldn’t be afraid to go against the party if he thought it would help Kentucky. An example he cited was the recently failed climate bill, which died in July in teh Senate because of a lack of support. The divided positions on the American Clean Energy and Security Act fell basically along partisan lines, with Democrats in favor and Republicans against. Marksberry said he would have voted against the legislation because it would have hurt Kentucky’s coal industry. There needed to be some kind of incentive, such as clean energy jobs, before he would vote for an energy and climate bill, Marksberry said.

Here’s what Marksberry said:

Watch the Friday edition of Pure Politics when Marksberry will share his frustrations with the Democratic Party and the other candidates who are not talking about the issues.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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