APNewsBreak: Ryan rival used medical marijuana

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Updated: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:15:25 EST

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Amar Kaleka tells The Associated Press he used medical marijuana in California after his father was killed by a white supremacist at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

Kaleka is one of two Democratic candidates for the congressional seat of Republican Paul Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee. Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee and lived in California for five years before returning to Wisconsin after the 2012 rampage.

Kaleka and his family sought therapy for their grief after the slaying. A therapist in California, where medical marijuana is legal, recommended Kaleka use the drug. He says his mother in Wisconsin couldn't use marijuana and was forced to take prescription drugs with nasty side effects.

He said Friday he ingested marijuana through lozenges and lollipops.

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