By Alexandra Datig
It goes against my conscience and it is not in the best interest of our youth to elect Janice Hahn for Congress. The people should not vote for someone who is riding on the message of breaking federal law to get elected to a federal post!
I have been acquainted with Janice Hahn since 2002. I have campaigned for her brother James Hahn for Mayor of Los Angeles and always held her in high esteem. But last year I learned something about Janice Hahn that has made me not want to support her in her effort to run for the 36th Congressional District.
In 2010, I launched my campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the measure that attempted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the State of California. This measure, had it won, would have made marijuana legal for taxable sale and consumption under state law ONLY, not federal law. I remember visiting Janice Hahn in Pasadena at a fundraiser for her race for lieutenant governor and asking her about her position on Proposition 19. I explained to her that when I was a teenager at the age of 16, I was given marijuana and was raped. After telling her my story, Hahn still did not enthusiastically oppose Prop. 19. and danced around every question I had. I found this not only hurtful, but also odd since the lieutenant governor of the state of California also sits on the Board of Regents making decisions in the best interest for students. Drug legalization is not in the best interest of students.
I have been recovering from a 13-year drug addiction for more than 12 years. My addiction started with marijuana and lead to devastating consequences in my life. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in 2007, illicit drug use cost the U.S. $198 Billion dollars in public health and public safety costs. Legalization would double, even triple that number.
Three days before the November 2010 election, Janice Hahn went before the press and pledged that the State of California would be first in line to tax recreational marijuana and that SHE would see to it. THIS WAS IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW!
Janice, I thought we were friends! I guess there’s a reason you did not ask me for my endorsement or support. On that day I was shocked to learn that Janice Hahn had so little regard for the year-long effort many hard-working Californians, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein had made. Senator Feinstein whom I admire for having been campaign co-chair of No on Prop. 19.
Now the constituents of the 36h Congressional District, of which I am a resident, are being asked to vote for Janice Hahn and elect her to a federal post as Congresswoman. As a registered Democrat, I will not be voting for Janice Hahn.
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