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"That’s a question for Chuck Schumer," Sinema says when asked about Senate never voting on marijuana

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"That’s a question for Chuck Schumer," Sinema says when asked about Senate never voting on marijuana

Ep. 42 — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (5-1-2024)
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema rushes to catch an elevator on first floor of US Capitol. Photo: Matt Laslo


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ)

LISTEN: Laslo & Sinema


Ask a Pol asks:

What are your thoughts on the DEA moving to reschedule marijuana?

Key Sinema: 

“Arizona’s way ahead,” Sen. Sinema exclusively tells Ask a Pol.

So you’re supportive of the current iteration of SAFER Banking Act?

“Yeah,” Sinema says. “I’ve been working on it for months.”

We know, but you guys never vote

“Oh, that’s a question for [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer,” Sinema tells us.

Caught our ear:

“We know that there’s lots of data about the medicinal properties and uses, particularly for veterans,” Sinema says. “It’s good stuff.”

Matt Laslo’s a veteran congressional correspondent, new media prof. & founder of Ask a Pol — a new, people-powered press corps.

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), slightly edited for clarity.


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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema

SCENE: Sen. Sinema’s trying to hop an elevator on the first floor of the US Capitol to the second floor, so she can vote on the Senate floor when Ask a Pol briefly catches her.

Matt Laslo: “How are you?”

Kyrsten Sinema: “Good, how are you?”

ML: “Livin the dream.”

KS: “That’s — that’s my line!”

Laslo laughs.

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ML: “What do you make of DEA moving to reschedule cannabis?”

KS: “Oh, Arizona’s way ahead.”

ML: “Yeah. So you’d be supportive of SAFER Banking [Act]?”

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