When you listen to Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speak on the subject of cannabis, you have to wonder if she actually knows anything about the plant or is simply repeating things she has heard from other people.
Fiorina was recently in Iowa, where she was asked by a Gulf War veteran about medical marijuana.
“You’re not going to like my answer,” Fiorina said, going into the story of her breast cancer diagnosis in 2009. She says her doctor asked her if she wanted medical marijuana and she declined, a conclusion the doctor concurred with, citing a lack of research when it comes to how cannabis interacts with other cancer medications.
It turns out, however, that there has been research into cannabis interactions with other cancer drugs, and few problems were found. Fiorina is behind on her knowledge of the cannabis plant — a dangerous place for a candidate to be when answering a question about cannabis.
Fiorina also likes to transition questions about marijuana into the story of her daughter’s battle with drug addiction.
“I very much hope that I am the only person on this stage who can say this,” she said at a recent debate when cannabis was brought up, “but I know there are millions of Americans who will say the same thing. My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction. We must invest more in the treatment of drugs.”
As if the tie-in wasn’t explicit enough, Fiorina went on. “We are misleading young people when we tell them marijuana is just like having beer. It’s not. And the marijuana they’re smoking today is not the same marijuana that Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago. We need to tell young people the truth. Drug addiction is an epidemic and it is taking too many of our young people. I know this sadly from personal experience.”