Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the United States Representative for Florida as well as the leader of the Democratic National Committee. She recently had an interview with the New York Times Magazine where she openly sided against cannabis because she believes it to be a gateway drug,
“I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana,” she stated. “I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.”
Since there is a definite relation, per the United States government, between heroin addiction and a glut prescription of opiates, it is illogical that Schultz is relating marijuana to very dangerous drugs. She added that these opinions spawned from very personal experiences. According to her, these experiences are “both as a mom and as someone who grew up really bothered by the drug culture that surrounded my childhood—not mine. I grew up in suburbia.”
It is true that Schultz grew up in a wealthy part of Long Island, but we can only guess that the “drug culture that surrounded” her was the one happening in New York City, very far away during the 1970s when many were becoming addicted to heroin. One can only realize that Schultz’s position on marijuana has led to the diminishing of those who did not grow up in wealthy suburbs such as she did.
At the moment, marijuana arrests accumulate to over fifty percent of arrests in the United States, ACLU reports. Just in Florida, possession of fewer than twenty grams of marijuana can lead to a fine of up to $1,000 as well as a year of incarceration. These facts have people asking the same question: how is it possible that the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, which runs the U.S. Democratic Party daily, be so wrong about something so important?
According to the New York Times, the answer may lie in the fact that “alcohol PACs are one of the largest sources of her re-election campaign funding.” Here are some of her PACs: Bacardi USA, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Southern Wine & Spirits and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.