The Progressive PAC sent a questionnaire to the candidates running for office in 2014. While many candidates, including many strong supporters of our issues did not fill out the questionnaire, the following candidates did. I will post all of their answers here for educational purposes. Predictably, the candidates that answered the survey were generally supportive of legalization and decriminalization. This of course does not mean that we endorse these specific candidates.
The question was posed as: Do you support the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. Here are the answers:
Candidates for Lieutenant Governor:
HEE: Yes. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor I have passed proposals forward out of my committee regarding this issue numerous times.
Candidates for State House of Representatives:
HD 4 — JORDAN: Pot is harmful to the brain if chronically used from the teens through age 26. The brain is fully wired at age 27 . I’d say say sell it tax it. One problem how do we ensure kids under stand [sic] moderation? We can’t. 47% of my students didn’t have a father. I also feel DUI’s should pay 1K as a starting fine.. If there are injuries jailtime.
HD 4 — SANBUENAVENTURA: Generally yes – first we must utilize the current system to allow dispensaries for those who need medical marijuana. The medical marijuana law needs to be fully implemented so that those who need it can get it without having a green thumb.
Second: possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized so that jails need not be filled with these type of criminals. Further a revisiting of the penalties for marijuana and sale needs to occur.
Before 1989 there was no Class A felony (same as murder) for marijuana sale. Now cultivation on the land of another for 25 or more plants is a Class A felony. If 4 or more people who do not own land of their own agree to grow the allowed medical marijuana plants on another’s land that would be a Conspiracy to commit a class A felony, which itself is a Class A felony. This is ridiculous. The big island is shifting their attitude regarding marijuana by passing the resolution that marijuana crimes be enforced as the lowest priority. This resolution has been ruled as unenforceable but a change in sentencing laws is enforceable.
HD 6 — LOWEN: yes, with regulation.
HD 17 — STUMP: Yes
HD 40 — CHONG: For a while I did not support legalization or decriminalization, but I do now support it; I’d prefer to see legalization over decriminalization. With decriminalization we’d still treat the consumers of Cannabis products as a criminal by giving them citations, I simply cannot accept the “not illegal, but not legal either” logic of decriminalization.
HD 42 — FERGUSON: I support the legalization of marijuana and industrial hemp.
HD 42 — GOLOJUCH: SUPPORT LEGALIZATION and DECRIMINALIZATION – I would prefer legalization.
HD 44 — GATES: Yes
HD 47 — FONOIMOANA: Yes on decriminalization and undecided on legalization.
HD 48 — HARRIS: Yes.