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Putting Abercrombie & Aiona in the hot seat, Part 3: Legalizing marijuana

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Neil Abercrombie (on left) explains his stance on the issue Neil Abercrombie (on left) explains his stance on the issue

By Kim Gennaula

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Supporters of the measure to legalize marijuana in California say it'll do a lot to help their financial woes.  Opponents say it will jeopardize public safety.  Would this work for Hawaii?  Here's what our candidates for governor had to say about that.

I asked Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona, "Is this something when you think about boosting our economy or diversifying that you would ever consider putting on a ballot in Hawaii?"

Aiona responded, "Absolutely not.  The gain that you could get in taxes are going to be greatly outweighed by the cost that you're going to have in all the social issues that come with the use of marijuana.  The teen pregnancy, the suicides, the domestic violence, etc. .  It all comes with the use of marijuana.  So I'm not in favor of this bill, nor do I think it's going to benefit us in any way."

And if  you were expecting a different response from the candidate known for his liberal voting record, think again.

Abercrombie explained his take on the issue, "Believe me as somebody who was a probation officer at one time who had to deal with drug addiction, who had to deal with testing for drugs and had to deal with criminal cases before judges involving drugs, that's so low on a priority list that it really doesn't come much into my consciousness.  If we're going to grow things, we need to grow our own food.  We're sending more dollars out of the state right now than we did in the 1970s for food."

For the next hot seat question: We've heard a lot of talk about clean energy, renewable energy and  those initiatives but how exactly does the governor plan to make that a reality?  How long will it take and can our state even afford it?  There's tension between Duke and Neil over this issue and we'll bring it to you in Part 4.

 

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