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Race to Watch: Florida

Voters all over the United States will make their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6. The battle for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate come down to just a few competitive races, so it’s more important than ever for cannabis professionals to be informed about the views of key candidates running for office. NCIA has compiled information about candidates running in 25 competitive races for the House of Representatives and three for the Senate that we consider uniquely important to the cannabis industry due to their views on marijuana policy and/or their geographic location.

House Races

District

26

In the last election, Republican Carlos Curbelo won this district by 33,054 votes (11.8%). But Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in FL-26 by 16.2%. Now Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an educator and non-profit executive is running to unseat him. Curbelo has been one of the cannabis industry's strongest Republican champions this Congress, and is the original sponsor of the Small Business Tax Equity act, which addresses 280E, in addition to being on multiple other cannabis bills. Curbelo responded to an NCIA candidate survey, writing, "Curbelo has been a staunch advocate for the Tenth Amendment protections of legal, state-regulated marijuana businesses in states like Florida and across the country. Curbelo supports numerous legislative efforts to modernize federal cannabis policies to protect small business growth and state's rights." Mucarsel-Powell also responded to an NCIA candidate survey, and stated that she supports legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana production and sales for adults over 21, making marijuana legal for patients with certain medical conditions, allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies, legalizing of non-psychoactive hemp for industrial, food, and medical products, and making medical cannabis an option for veterans in the VA system. This is one of the tightest races in the country.

Incumbent

Republican

Carlos Curbelo

NCIA-PAC Recipient

Candidate

Democrat

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Website

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

Legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana production and sales for adults over 21;Making marijuana legal for patients with certain medical conditions;Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies;Legalizing of non-psychoactive hemp for industrial, food, and medical products;Making medical cannabis an option for veterans in the VA system

Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

Curbelo has been a staunch advocate for the Tenth Amendment protections of legal, state-regulated marijuana businesses in states like Florida and across the country. Curbelo supports numerous legislative efforts to modernize federal cannabis policies to protect small business growth and state’s rights, including: - The Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017, H.R. 1810, which he introduced to amend Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code to allow marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law to utilize common tax deductions and credits. - The Marijuana Data Collection Act, H.R.6495, which he co-sponsored to require the National Academy of Sciences to create a federally recognized report on the status of state-level marijuana legalization policies, including both medical and non-medical use, and the effects of marijuana legalization on public health, safety, the economy, and the criminal justice system. - The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES Act), which he co-sponsored to leave it up to each state to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana policy within its borders, while amending the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). - The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018, H.R.5520, which he co-sponsored to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of certain forms of cannabis and cannabis delivery for veterans enrolled in the VA health care system diagnosed with conditions such as chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

Legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana production and sales for adults over 21;Making marijuana legal for patients with certain medical conditions;Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies;Legalizing of non-psychoactive hemp for industrial, food, and medical products;Making medical cannabis an option for veterans in the VA system

Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

N/A

Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

N/A