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Colo. Lt. Gov. Candidate: Legal Pot Is Political Fact of Life

By    |   Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 04:29 PM

Being a parent in Colorado today means worrying whether your children might have easy access to marijuana now that the drug is legal there for recreational use, says the state's GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, county commissioner and mother of three Jill Repella.

"As much as I'm not real happy about it as a mother, the trend is moving in that direction," Repella, running mate of gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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Holding statewide office in Colorado today means balancing adult constituents' demand for recreational weed with public health and safety imperatives such as keeping the drug away from kids, said Repella.

"It will be interesting to see if any of the data and the health issues that surface would cause the public to then pull back on the desire to have this legalized," said Repella. "But at this point, more and more states at one level or another are legalizing it. So we just need to deal with it responsibly based on what the law currently is."

Repella appeared on "MidPoint" to discuss her state's experiment with legalized marijuana, the "relatively civil" race in Colorado between Beauprez and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, and her view of the potential crisis surrounding Ebola virus infections in the United States.

"There seems to be a political tug of war on this issue," Repella said of the controversy over Ebola's arrival here, "but we need to get it away from the politics."

She said it is "despicable" for national Democrats to use Ebola as a campaign issue by blaming Republicans for cutting disease-preparedness funding.

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She also said the attack is factually wrong, pointing to budgets approved by the White House and congressional Democrats that funded community health grants more generously than disease control.

She said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not inspired confidence with its shifting public pronouncements on Ebola now that two Dallas nurses have been infected.

"It's concerning for the general public to continue to hear, 'Oh, we made a mistake here,' or 'We wish we would have done that.' We need to stop making those excuses and do the right thing and protect the public," said Repella.

She also said that blaming the nurses themselves is misguided.

"Health care providers are going to respond to how the CDC responds to it," she said of a potential U.S. Ebola outbreak. "If the CDC doesn't take it seriously and react and respond and get to the site, then the healthcare providers are not going to take the situation as seriously, either."

She added: "It's nice to see that our president is finally taking a break from his campaign fundraising to stop and take a look at this and deal with it seriously. When leadership doesn't take things seriously, down the whole line of chain of command, they don't take it seriously. It's nice to see that we're getting some reaction now. I hope it's not too late and I hope we can get this contained."

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