(O’Malley’s statement about recreational marijuana is about 3 minutes into the video.)
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley says he wants to keep an open mind on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana — a stance that is inconsistent with statements he made while governor of Maryland.
In an interview with CNN posted Friday, O’Malley was asked about how he would respond, if elected, if other states followed the lead of Colorado and Washington state.
“I think we need to have an open mind about that,” O’Malley, who signed a law while he was the governor of Maryland that legalized the drug for medicinal use, told CNN. “I think there’s a lot we can learn from Colorado and Washington State. They seem to be keeping very good records. They understand they are the first in the nation, and I think we should be guided by what they are doing in Colorado increases harm or reduces harm.”
O’Malley’s response was inconsistent with a 2014 Annapolis Summit interview with Marc Steiner where he was skeptical about the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes saying there was “a mix of science about how proven this particular drug is” and went on to flat out reject the notion of legalizing the drug.
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O’Malley, said he was “not much in favor” of legalizing the recreational use marijuana “because of seeing what drug addiction has done to the people of our state and the people of our city and I also know that this drug and its use and its abuse can be a gateway to even more harmful behavior. Yes, I know that there are some who say ‘You can say the same thing about alcohol’ and yes, that’s true but I don’t think the answer is to provide greater access and greater abuse of drugs whether it’s this particular drug or any other.”
The then-governor was then asked about his support for what Colorado and Washington state were doing regarding marijuana.
“I’m not much in favor of it,” O’Malley said.