Governor Tom Corbet has said he’s “not afraid” to support marijuana legalization, saying he believes marijuana is “an issue” for the state and the country.
“I’m not afraid to make a strong statement on the issue,” Corbett said Tuesday during a visit to the city of Fort Myers.
Corbett said he believes people should be able to have a marijuana-infused beverage in the home.
Corbet said he was asked to respond to the legalization question during an event with local business leaders in Fort Myers on Tuesday.
The Governor said he has been “very much a supporter of the states right to experiment with marijuana.”
Corbett’s comments came in a video interview with the Fort Myers Herald-Tribune published Tuesday.
In the interview, Corbett was asked about the legalization of marijuana and said he thought it was a good idea.
“It’s an issue we should be looking at, and I think it’s an area that we need to be looking into, but I don’t think it should be an issue that we should have to have the law on our books,” he said.
“If you’re a conservative, you don’t want to give the federal government too much power,” he continued.
“I don’t know what’s in the best interest of our state.”
Corbet also said he would support allowing marijuana businesses to be licensed to grow marijuana.
“We need to look at all the different forms that we can take, including the retail form,” he told the newspaper.
Corbetts comments came as the Trump administration released a draft executive order that would allow states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
The draft order was issued in response to growing support for the legalization campaign from the Trump Administration.
The executive order, which was issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, also said states should allow marijuana businesses, but only if it’s for medicinal purposes.
The order said states could allow “non-medical” marijuana businesses that were not regulated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, but would not be allowed to be a part of a “scheme” to distribute marijuana for recreational purposes.
Corbinets comments come on the heels of a similar interview with The Associated Press published on Tuesday in which the governor said he thinks it’s time to “look at” marijuana legalization.
The governor said at the time he thinks the state could make an effort to legalize marijuana, but that he doesn’t think the federal Government has a “legal obligation” to do so.