In response to recent media inquiries, Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson issued the following statement:
“During session yesterday, there were disagreements between senators and, at times, my passion for our people spoke fiercely. I ask my colleagues and the community to forgive my actions, because they did not represent my heart’s intentions. Still, this was not my fight alone. There are members of our community that have called on us to make their voices heard. Since the debate over legalizing recreational cannabis began less than two months ago, our community has been at odds. The wisest members of our community, our manåmko’ have spoken to me about their concerns for our youth. Business and tourism officials have outwardly expressed their uncertainty. Public safety officers and healthcare providers have a myriad of questions left unanswered, along with much of our workforce. This discussion was too far reaching for 15 senators alone. Creating a new industry should not happen overnight, or over five days, and should involve the community it impacts. This is a social issue, not a political one. Nevertheless, should this bill be signed into law, I am committed to working with my colleagues and the community on ensuring we protect our people every step of the way.”
For more information, contact the Office of Vice Speaker Telena Cruz
Nelson at (671) 989- 7696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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