Democrat Bob Kerrey says it’s time the nation considered allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, especially to returning veterans with mental health issues. While Senator Kerry said he doesn’t support full legalization of marijuana Kerry says the he believe that returning veterans who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or other mental trauma should be allowed to use marijuana as long as their doctors agreed it would help alleviate symptoms. Kerry said at the very least, the Department of Veterans Affairs should be allowed to study whether cannabis could help veterans returning from combat as anecdotal evidence shows.
The ex-Governor, ex-Senator and current Senate candidate Kerry would also like the conflicts between state and federal laws be addressed. He said it might be time to explore the option of having the Food and Drug Administration rather than the Drug Enforcement Administration be the regulator of marijuana. But to clarify, he said that he under no circumstances is talking about legalizing marijuana to the point it can be purchased over the counter on street corners. He was questioned by reporters over his friendship with billionaire Peter Lewis who has given massive amounts of money to try and get marijuana legalized. Kerry said that the friendship does not mean he supports legalization and that he has never advised Lewis on this efforts to pass any pro-cannabis laws. Kerrey is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Deb Fischer. His views on marijuana have been raised and speculated on by Republicans while his home state of Nebraska is mounting a legalization effort. Supporters are collecting signatures for a bill to legalize marijuana for private, noncommercial use in Nebraska but it needs about 120,000 signatures by July 6th to make the Ballot. Nebraska does not currently recognize medical marijuana as a legal option for medical therapies.