Pot lobby vows to blunt Wasserman Schultz – By Marc Caputo 2/19/15 5:33 AM EST Updated 2/19/15 5:33 AM EST


She angered medical marijuana advocates by opposing a voter initiative last year.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is pictured. | Getty

MIAMI — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s interest in running for U.S. Senate has encountered strong resistance from a usual ally of her party: medical-marijuana activists.

Because of her congressional votes and her criticisms of a Florida medical-marijuana initiative last year, four political groups that advocate for prescription cannabis and drug decriminalization vowed to campaign against the Florida representative if she sought the Senate in 2016.

“She’s voted repeatedly to send terminally ill patients to prison. And we’re certainly going to make sure Floridians know that – not to mince words,” said Bill Piper, national affairs director with the Washington-based Drug Policy Alliance, which has received funding from liberal luminaries such as George Soros.

“This issue is evolving very quickly and hopefully she will evolve,” Piper said. “But if she doesn’t, you can expect medical marijuana patients and supporters to dog her on the campaign trail.”

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