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Flip-flop theory up in smoke: Stefanik says there’s no inconsistency in her stance on medical marijuana

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Republican congressional candidate Elise M. Stefanik says there’s no inconsistency in her stance on medical marijuana. She supports highly-regulated and monitored medical marijuana for individuals living with cancer and other medical issues, according to her spokeswoman Charlotte Guyett.

In a pair of stories released last week, Ms. Stefanik’s position appeared to change after a candidate forum in Hague and a debate between Ms. Stefanik and her Republican primary opponent Matthew A. Doheny.

When the subject of legalizing marijuana came up during the Hague event, Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello said that he was in favor of legalizing it, Mr. Doheny said he was in favor of medical marijuana and Ms. Stefanik said she was opposed to legalizing marijuana. Democratic candidate Aaron G. Woolf did not attend the event.

During the debate in Watertown, which was between Mr. Doheny and Ms. Stefanik, both candidates said they were in favor of medical marijuana.

According to Ms. Guyette, the question at the Hague event was about legalizing marijuana for recreational use as the states of Colorado and Washington have done.

“The question asked at the Hague candidate forum last week was, ‘What is your position regarding legalizing marijuana?’” Ms. Guyett wrote in an email. “Elise does not support legalizing marijuana, shares the many concerns vocalized by law enforcement officials about legalizing marijuana, and was disappointed that Governor Cuomo suggested legalizing marijuana as a means of economic growth in New York. Mr. Doheny agreed legalizing marijuana is not the way to go.”

The question at the debate in Watertown, which was asked during a lighting round where candidates were instructed to give one-word answers if possible, pertained exclusively to medical marijuana.

Both Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny said they were in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

— DPF

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