National marijuana PAC endorses Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke
NORML PAC is endorsing Representative Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) for re-election the the US House of Representatives.
“Rep. O’Rourke is an ardent supporter of reforming our nation’s marijuana policies,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri. “In just his first term, he has proven to be an intelligent and pragmatic politician with a long future in front of him. We strongly encourage voters to support his re-election campaign to keep a true reform champion in Congress.”
Representative O’Rourke issued a statement to supporters and voters about the matter.
“Those of us who live in this region, in El Paso and Juarez, have a unique perspective on the war on drugs. We know that billions of dollars in cash, drugs, guns and arms are transited through this community. We know that billions of dollars in federal resources from the United States and Mexico are spent on law enforcement to try and stop that illicit drug trade. And we also know, all too well, the suffering that accompanies that black market trade in illegal drugs. It is because of that experience and looking back over the 40-year, failed war on drugs that I’ve come to the conclusion that at least when it comes to a drug like marijuana, we owe ourselves, and especially our kids, a much better policy.”
O’Rourke went on the state, “as a rational and humane country, we can decide, as we did with alcohol that the harms in the prohibition of marijuana far outweigh any gains in security and in our efforts to keep these drugs away from our fellow citizens.
If you support my work and advocacy on this issue, I hope I can count on your help.”
To date, O’Rourke has raised $29,266. Of that, NORML PAC has donated $285.