André Carson's Opponent Wants Marijuana Legalized To Help Veterans
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Republican candidate who wants Democrat André Carson's 7th-district seat in Congress says his number one goal, if elected, would be to legalize marijuana to treat veterans with physical and mental issues.
Wayne "Gunny" Harmon told 93 WIBC's Tony Katz that legalizing marijuana would also curb the number of people who are turning to opioids as an alternative to treat pain.
"[One veteran told me] 'I do smoke weed.' I'm like, that's fine as long as you feel good and you're not addicted to pills, which leads into methamphetamines; as long as they're healthy and they're doing marijuana, I have no problems with that," says Harmon.
After serving more than 30 years in the United States Marine Corps and retiring in 2005 as a Gunnery Sergeant, where he received his nickname "Gunny", Harmon says he sees the harmful effects that opioids have had on Indianapolis from his role as a state parole agent.
Harmon admitted on Katz's show that he doesn't have the campaign cash compared to the incumbent Carson.
"Money is king and compared to Carson, no, there is no money," says Harmon, who says he has been spending his efforts running a grassroots campaign by meeting and talking with prospective constituents.
The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.
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