Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio during an appearance at the College of Charleston.  Image: Grace Beahm, Post and Courier

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio came to the College of Charleston to talk about the country’s future with its future leaders, only to find himself put on the spot by a 79-year-old woman who wanted to know where he stood on legalizing marijuana.

“It’s an issue with me because I know people can get drugs on every street corner in Charleston,” Elease Pickens of Charleston told the U.S. senator from Florida during his appearance Tuesday at the downtown campus

.Pickens conceded that her views on legalizing marijuana might not be shared by many in South Carolina, much less those her age.

“I know my ideas don’t fall in line with the normal Charleston 80-year-olds,” she said. But, she argued, taxing pot would increase government revenues and help clear out the prisons.

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Schuyler Kropf  ~ Post and Courier ~

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