U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Hartson calls out Dianne Feinstein for her position on legalizing marijuana


April 26, 2018

CALIFORNIA — Dianne Feinstein’s progressive challenger, Alison Hartson, released a campaign video criticizing the Senator for her conservative stance on criminal justice reform, specifically hitting Feinstein’s history of opposing legalization of marijuana.

“Dianne Feinstein has the same position on marijuana as Jeff Sessions,” Hartson said in the video. “She’s against research. She’s against legalization. She’s against criminal justice reform.”

While California voters passed a ballot measure legalizing recreational use of cannabis in 2016, Feinstein remains opposed. Before Proposition 64 passed two years ago, Feinstein told reporters in Sacramento, “I am not really for recreational use of marijuana. Medical use, yes.”

Hartson disagrees. “While medicinal use of marijuana is incredibly important, it is equally important that we do not criminalize recreational use of the plant either. There is a long and terrible history in this country of waging a war on drugs as a way for the government to imprison otherwise upstanding citizens and people who need and deserve help. It is well past time for us to destigmatize marijuana, and decriminalize drugs in order to replace retribution with rehabilitation.”

Hartson’s video, released April 24, is the third in a series of ads attacking the 5-term incumbent on her conservative voting record.

“We live in what is supposedly the most progressive state in the union, but we have one of the most conservative democrats as our representative,” said Hartson. “It is time our elected officials represent the voters.”

In addition to championing federal legalization of cannabis, Hartson is campaigning on comprehensive criminal justice reform that would reverse the privatization of the nation’s prison system, reroute the school to prison pipeline to one that makes public colleges tuition free, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation.

To do this, Hartson continues to focus on ending the corrupting influence of money in politics.

“In order to have meaningful criminal justice reform or reformation of any of our failing public institutions, we have to identify the root cause of the issues,” she said. “If we follow the money, we can see that every single issue we face as a society is influenced by corporate and dark money. Something is rotten when bribery of our elected officials is legal while marijuana isn’t. We need representatives who will fight for the voters, not their donors.”

Hartson released her latest video on her website at https://www.alisonhartson.com/priorities/human-rights

Alison Hartson is a True Progressive running for U.S. Senate in California. A former school teacher turned activist, Hartson spent 5 years at the helm of Wolf-PAC, an organization working for a 28th constitutional amendment to get money out of politics in this country once and for all. Hartson’s platform includes Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation, Maximum income and a swift shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Learn more about Alison Hartson at alisonhartson.com.

Ricardo Gonzalez