Dr Oz has again taken aim at his opponent in the US Senate for his support for marijuana legalization, but, after being pressed about his past comments on the issue, he conceded that, yes, he is personally in favor medical cannabis, claiming it’s a “safer option” compared to some prescription drugs like opioids.
Mehmet Oz, a former television health personality, claimed in an interview with Fox News on Thursday that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) wants to ‘legalize all drugs’ and ‘doesn’t want to talk about’ the issues which he says is more important to Pennsylvanians.
The host pressed GOP nominee Oz on marijuana policy, asking his reaction to the Democratic Senate nominee’s recent call for President Joe Biden to use executive power to decriminalize marijuana ahead of his visit to Pittsburgh Monday for a Labor Day parade, where Fetterman plans to speak with the president about cannabis reform.
Oz was also asked what he thinks of the recently announced initiative by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Fetterman to expedite pardons for those convicted of low marijuana use in their records until in the month of September.
Fetterman, who chairs the state Board of Pardons, has previously said he wants to process cannabis clemency for as many people as possible before leaving office.
“Look, my problem is he wants to legalize all drugs,” Oz said, deceptively. “He even supports heroin injection sites, and we have the largest outdoor drug market in the country here in Philadelphia. He destroys the city.
While Fetterman supports harm reduction approaches to substance abuse, including allowing safe drug consumption sites, he has campaigned to legalize marijuana and says he would support decriminalizing possession of drugs. other currently illegal substances.
Polls show that nationally, most Americans support allowing overdose prevention sites. And 58% of Pennsylvanians support legalizing cannabis for adult use. But Oz nonetheless argued that his opponent’s drug policy reform platform shows he is “out of touch with what’s going on in Pennsylvania” and “completely misses the mark.”
The interview then turned to the GOP nominee’s own cannabis record, with the host pointing out that just two years ago, Oz called marijuana “one of the most underused tools in America”, claiming that the plant is safer than alcohol.
“Oh no, I’m in favor of medical marijuana,” Oz clarified. “I think with the involvement of the doctor, especially for older people who have end-of-life issues, who suffer from pain, I think it’s a safer solution than, for example, narcotics in many cases. But it needs to be studied, and we need to understand it, and therefore doctors should be involved.
“I don’t want to give marijuana to every young American who’s struggling to get through their day,” he added, seeming to imply it would happen as part of the broader legalization plan backed by Fetterman. “We are already struggling to mobilize people to enter the labor market. I think it’s a slippery slope.
Oz and other critics of Fetterman, including far-right provocateur Ann Coulter and former Speaker of the United States House New Gingrich, also took issue with a cannabis-themed flag the lieutenant governor hung on the balcony of his office in Harrisburg. (Coulter falsely suggested that Fetterman deleted a tweet showing him holding the flag in a recent blog post.)
Before Wolf endorsed marijuana legalization, Fetterman also led a statewide listening tour to hear what residents had to say about the proposed policy. He touted his role in that tour on his Senate campaign website.
He also spoke about his work to “legalize weed for jobs, justice, veterans, farmers and income” in a fundraising email earlier this year.
Fetterman previously said farmers in his state can grow better marijuana than people in New Jersey — and that’s one reason Pennsylvania should quickly reform its cannabis laws.
In 2020, he hosted a virtual forum where he got advice on how to effectively implement a cannabis system from the lieutenant governors of Illinois and Michigan, who signed into law legalization.
Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race has also put cannabis politics in the spotlight, with pro-reform Democratic candidate Attorney General Josh Shapiro competing with aggressively anti-legalization Republican Senator Doug Mastriano.
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