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The Republican Candidates on Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director January 5, 2012

    As we approach the middle of January, Election 2012 is in full swing. Fresh off of the Iowa Caucuses, the six remaining Republican candidates move on to New Hampshire for their January 10th primary. As a non-profit organization, we are not permitted to endorse candidates for public office, but we hope this guide helps inform you of the marijuana policy positions of the various candidates.

    (Note: NORML is not endorsing any of the candidates listed below and this is intended only as an educational overview of the candidates positions on marijuana policy.)

    Republican Presidential Candidates 2012

    Mitt Romney

    Governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007)

    Public Statements:

    “People talk about medicinal marijuana, and, you know, you hear that story: People who are sick need medicinal marijuana. But marijuana is the entry drug for people trying to get kids hooked on drugs. I don’t want medicinal marijuana. There are synthetic forms of marijuana that are available for people who need it for prescription. Don’t open the doorway to medicinal marijuana.” 

    (“Ask Mitt Anything” Event in Bedford, NH 2007 – source)

     

    “We’ve got to not only continue our war on drugs from a police standpoint but also to market again to our young people about the perils of drugs.”

    (New Hampshire Voter Event, August 17, 2011 – source)

     

    “I believe marijuana should be illegal in this country. It is the pathway to drug usage by our society, which has made great scourges; it is one of the great causes of crime in our cities. I believe if we are at a state were, of course we are very concerned about people who are suffering in pain, and there are various means of providing pain management. And those who have had loved ones that have gone through an end of life with cancer know nature of real pain. I watched my wife’s mom and dad going through cancer treatments suffering a great deal of pain, but they didn’t have marijuana, and they didn’t need marijuana. Because there were other sources of pain management that worked as effectively.”

    (Oct. 4 2007 at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, NH – source)

     

    “But having legalized [medical] marijuana is, in my view, an effort by a very committed few to try to get marijuana out in the public and ultimately legalize marijuana. They have a long way to go. We need less drugs in this society, not more drugs. I would oppose the legalization of marijuana in the country or legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes because pain management is available from other sources.”

    (Oct. 4 2007 at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, NH – source)

     

    UPDATED 01/09/12:

    “Q: I want to know what you thought about industrialized hemp?

    Romney: About what?

    Q: Industrialized hemp.

    Romney: Industrialized hemp? I’m not quite sure what industrialized hemp is.”

    (Peterborough, NH Town Hall on January 5, 2012 – source)

     

    “Q: Are you in favor of arresting medical marijuana patients?

    Romney: I’m in favor of the law not allowing legal marijuana.”

    (Tilton School Meet and Greet on January 6, 2012 – source)

     

    Prior Activity: None

     

    Ron Paul

    House of Representatives for Texas’ 22nd (1976-1977, 1979-1985, 1997-Present)

    Public Statements:

    “This war on drugs has been a detriment to personal liberty and it’s been a real abuse of liberty, Our prisons are full with people who have used drugs who should be treated as patients — and they’re non-violent. Someday we’re gonna awake and find out that the prohibition we are following right now with drugs is no more successful, maybe a lot less successful, than the prohibition of alcohol was in the ’20s.”

    (Comments Post-Iowa Caucus, 01/04/12 – source)

     

    “Well, removing [marijuana] from the jurisdiction of the federal government and allowing the states to regulate it, like they would alcohol. And this seems to be strange for a lot of people, but I’m only going back to 1937 when that’s the way it was handled. The states always did this, and I’m motivated strongly also because the states legalize it for the use of medicinal purposes and it is helpful to people who have cancer or are getting chemotherapy. So this is not a huge radical idea, it’s something that was legal for a long, long time. And the war against marijuana causes so much hardship and accomplishes nothing. So I would say that marijuana, as far as causing highway problems, is miniscule compared to alcohol, and yet we knew prohibition of alcohol was very bad. So this is just getting back to a sensible position on how we handle difficult problems. And, for me, it should be the states.”

    (Kudlow Report, June 23, 2011 – source)

     

    “The role of the federal government is to protect our liberties. That means they should protect our religious liberties to do what we want; our intellectual liberty, but it also should protect our right to do to our body what we want, you know, what we take into our bodies.”

    (Jay Leno Show, Dec. 2011 – source)

     

    UPDATED 01/12/12

    “Q: Why don’t the other candidates talk about drug policy?

    Ron Paul: I think they are easily intimidated and they think people are going to hold it against them if they talk sensibly about drug policy.  Yet I think they are about 20 years behind the time. I think prohibition of anything doesn’t work, the only thing we should prohibit is violence.”

    (Manchester, NH January 10, 2012 – source)

    Prior Activity:

    Co-sponsored HR 2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011

    Sponsored HR 1831: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011

     

    Rick Santorum

    House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s 18th District (1991-1995)

    US Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007)

     

    Public Statements:

    “There is a difference between legitimate issues of character — someone’s behavior — and the issue of whether someone who has done something wrong in their life, now because of those mistakes, can’t talk about what is the right thing to do. Politicians who have stumbled personally, are capable of making values-based arguments. I don’t think that’s hypocritical. That’s a dangerous line that many folks tend to cross over — that because you made a mistake, you can’t talk about this or that issue. We all make mistakes.

    For example, I smoked pot when I was in college. Does that mean that I can’t talk about drug use? Does that mean that I can’t talk about how that’s a bad thing? Of course not. You learn from those experiences.

    Even during that time, I knew that what I was doing was wrong. But just because I failed, that does not mean that I shouldn’t be able to talk about it. That’s a different issue. It’s not hypocrisy, as long as you don’t say, ‘I thought it was right, and now think it was wrong.’ If you knew what was going on, and mostpeople do, you have moments of weakness. It happens to all of us. But that should not deter people from talking about what they believe is right.”

    (National Review, March 2011 – source)

     

    “Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college. It was something that I’m not proud of, but I did. And said it was something that I wish I hadn’t done. But I did and I admitted it. I would encourage people not to do so. It was not all it’s made up to be.”
    (Piers Morgan Tonight, August 31st, 2011 – source)

     

    “I would think that [legalizing marijuana] would be an activity that is not consistent with American values.”
    (Ames Straw Poll, September 2011 – source)

     

    “I am adamantly opposed to the legalization of marijuana and other illegal narcotics I believe that this would lead to increased drug usage, especially among young people. While it is true that many Americans blatantly defy federal laws against the trafficking, sale, and use of illegal drugs, I believe a greater number of people are deterred from illegal drug use by the threat of arrest and prosecution.”

    (1998 Constituent Letter Supplied to NORML – source)

     

    “I believe that the drugs which are currently illegal should remain illegal. I am committed to maintaining the federal government’s role in the “war on drugs”, which is fought on many fronts by federal agents, local law enforcement, substance abuse counselors, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens.”

    (1998 Constituent Letter Supplied to NORML – source)

     

    UPDATED 01/09/12:

    “Q: As a champion of family values and keeping America strong, would you continue to destroy families by sending non-violent drug offenders to prison?

    Santorum: Uh, wow. The federal government doesn’t do that.”

    (College Convention 2012 in Concord, NH – source)

     

    “Santorum: I guess I would take the opinion that federal laws are laws that are in place right now that say these are narcotics, right?  I don’t know, I assume they are…

     Audience Member: I’m sorry, they’re not.

     Santorum: Ok, alright, I don’t know my medical marijuana laws very well. I know should know everything, but I don’t, I apologize, I’m trying my best. But I think they are a hazardous thing to society. So I would..

     Audience Member: How did you form that opinion?

     Santorum: I formed that opinion from my own life experiences, and having experience that…I went to college too. So, I would make the argument that states have the rights, but they don’t have the right to do anything they want to, states don’t have the right to sterilize people. They did at one time, but we said, “No, we aren’t going to do that anymore.” States under the constitution probably have the right to do it, just like they have the right to do marijuana laws…legally, but I don’t think they morally have the right to do things that are harmful to the people in their community and therefore I think the federal government should step in.”

    (College Convention 2012 in Concord, NH – source)

     

    “Q: I’m a marijuana user should I be arrested?

    Santorum: Well, depends on what the laws in your state are, I guess.”

    (Hollis, NH on January 7, 2012 – source)

     

    “Well you know, obviously state drug laws are the principle drug laws. I have concerns about obviously drug use and its impact on our society. So, I would say that the federal government does have a role, that states don’t go out and legalize drugs, there are drugs that are hazardous to people, that do cause great harm to both the individual as well as to society as a whole. The federal government has a role to make sure that those drugs are not in this country and not available and that people who use them illegally are held accountable. Ideally, states should enforce these laws, but the federal government has a role because it is a public health issue for the country.”

    (Nashua, NH on January 9, 2012 – source)

    Prior Activity:

    Voted ‘Yes’ on HR 3540 in 1996 to add an additional $53 million (raising the total to $213 million) to international narcotics control funding, and pay for it by taking $25 million from international operations funding and $28 million from development assistance.

     

    Newt Gingrich

    House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th District (1979-1999)

    House Minority Whip (1989-1995)

    Speaker of the House (1995-1999)

    Public Statements:

    “I think Jefferson or George Washington would have rather strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana and their techniques with dealing with it would have been rather more violent than our current government.”

    (New Hampshire Voter Event, January 2012 – source)

     

    “I would continue current federal policy, largely because of the confusing signal that steps towards legalization sends to harder drugs…I think the California experience is that medical marijuana becomes a joke. It becomes marijuana for any use. You find local doctors who will prescribe it for anybody that walks in.”

    (Yahoo! News Interview, November 28th, 2011 – source)

     

    “I don’t have a comprehensive view. My general belief is that we ought to be much more aggressive about drug policy. And that we should recognize that the Mexican cartels are funded by Americans. In my mind it means having steeper economic penalties and it means having a willingness to do more drug testing.”

    (Yahoo! News Interview, November 28th, 2011 – source)

    “I think that we need to consider taking more explicit steps to make it expensive to be a drug user. It could be through testing before you get any kind of federal aid. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, you name it.

    It has always struck me that if you’re serious about trying to stop drug use, then you need to find a way to have a fairly easy approach to it and you need to find a way to be pretty aggressive about insisting–I don’t think actually locking up users is a very good thing. I think finding ways to sanction them and to give them medical help and to get them to detox is a more logical long-term policy.”

    (Yahoo! News Interview, November 28th, 2011 – source)

    UPDATED 01/09/12

    “Q: I’m a recreational drug user, should I arrested?

    Gingrich: No you shouldn’t be arrested, but you also shouldn’t do it.”

    (January 4, 2012 at Concord, NH Town Hall Meeting – source)

     

    “Gingrich: There is a general belief over the last couple hundred years that people who are drug addicted citizens are not capable of participating as independent citizens. They are not capable of exercising independent judgment. So if you look at cocaine and heroin addicts, they loose the ability to be fully participating citizens.

    Q: That doesn’t seem to match with the consistency of how many people seem to use drugs in this country. So, I’m saying well over the majority of individuals in this country use or have used drugs, what you are saying is the majority of individuals are incapable of participating…

    Gingrich: No, what I’m saying is even among the majority of those who have would agree they shouldn’t be legalized.

    Q: What polls are you referring to?

    Gingrich: The polls in terms of legalizing heroin and cocaine, there’s never been any support for that.

    Q: Oh, well I’m talking about marijuana.

    Gingrich: Well…I’m just talking about cocaine and heroin.”

    (Gingrich Town Hall in Concord, NH, January 4, 2012 – source)

     

    UPDATED 01/12/12

    “Every place where drugs become legalized, matter of fact is more people on welfare, more people who are dependent, more people with bad health outcomes, fewer people who are able workers who can pay attention on the job, and a drain of money into illegality.  Because immediately behind legalized marijuana, comes cocaine and heroin. And the very people who were busy selling marijuana branch into even more aggressive sale of the harder illegal drugs.  So, I think it is a big net economic loss and a job killing idea.”

    (Florida, 2009 – source)

    Prior Activity:
    Introduced and Sponsored the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996

    Rick Perry

    House of Representatives from Texas’ 64th District (1985-1991)

    Lt. Governor of Texas (1999-2001)

    Governor of Texas (2000-Present)

    Public Statements:

    “Crucial to understanding federalism in modern-day America is the concept of mobility, or “the ability to vote with your feet.” If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don’t come to Texas. If you don’t like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don’t move to California….”
    (“Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington” by Rick Perry)

    “When the federal government oversteps its authority, states should tell Washington they will not be complicit in enforcing laws with which they do not agree. Again, the best example is an issue I don’t even agree with—the partial legalization of marijuana. Californians clearly want some level of legalized marijuana, be it for medicinal use or otherwise. The federal government is telling them they cannot. But states are not bound to enforce federal law, and the federal government cannot commandeer state resources and require them to enforce it.”
    (“Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington” by Rick Perry)

     

    “[If] you want to go somewhere where you can smoke medicinal weed, then you ought to be able to do that.”

    (Daily Show Interview, November 2010 – source)

     

    “We can win the war on drugs but we have to fight it first. I know, I have to deal with this.”

    (Republican Jewish Coalition 2012 Presidential Candidates Forum – source)

     

    “The Governor does not support legalizing any drug. The Governor supports federal drug laws where appropriate. And while the Governor is personally opposed to legalizing the use of medical marijuana, if states want to allow doctor prescribed medical marijuana, it seems to him that under the 10th amendment, they have the right to do so.”

    (Perry Spokesman Mike Miner to the Washington Post – source)

    Prior Activity: None

     

    Jon Huntsman

    Governor of Utah (2005-2009)

    US Ambassador to China (2009-2011)

    Public Statements:

    “Question: would you prosecute growers and sellers of marijuana in states where it has been made legal?

    Jon Huntsman: I would let states decide that.”

    (Townhall in Exeter, NH, June 2011 – source)

     

    “I never saw him inhale.”

    (Huntsman’s Childhood Friend in Politico – source)

    Prior Activity: None

    297 Responses to “The Republican Candidates on Marijuana”

    1. beef says:

      Legalization of marijuana is not enough to make me want to vote for Ron Paul. Republicans are only interested in helping the rich and corperations. Obama has done nothing to help the cause. We must find intelligent Democrates to send to Washington and state capitals who will fix this economy.

    2. Alex says:

      Obama has proven he’s full of crap so any promises he makes doesn’t really matter. The guy is a two faced liar. Say no to Obama :)

      Ron Paul for real change and a person that does what he says

    3. Linda says:

      I use marijuana for pain purposes. I broke my back and neck in a horrific accident years ago. I work 1 f/t job and 1 p/t job. It has not been a gateway drug at all. I am 50 years old and work for a large corporation. I have not collected one red cent of public assistance period ! So for those who say it keeps people from working and all that b.s you are clearly mistaken. Yes maybe there are some whom choose to lay around and not work etc , but maybe they are just lazy people and may have nothing to do with smoking pot. I work with and know many CEO’s of large companies who smoke pot daily and are productive citizens but everyone has their opinion.

    4. Rachel O says:

      I think it’s funny how Gingrich said, “I think Jefferson or George Washington would have rather strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana…” when Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp; and the one of the originals of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Why are people who are so ignorant running our country??? And what is this bull about marijuana leading to harder drugs for kids? Like every single person who sells weed wants kids to do crack??? Come on, dude…when is the government going to stop putting everyone in a box and telling us how we are?

    5. The obvious choice for the pro-cannabis candidate is Ron Paul. What’s even better is that he is pro-freedom in general and would prefer that we have the freedom to use our money and our bodies in any way that does not violate any one else’s rights.

      That is the reason he wants to get rid of the Dept of Education. He wants people to be free to choose their education. Who are you, or some bureaucrat, to decide what our children’s education should be like? Lord knows we don’t want the GOVERNMENT to be indoctrinating children but that’s what they have been doing for decades! Don’t you ever wonder why so much of the population, perhaps even you yourself, are so blindly Statist? Over a dozen years of propaganda will do that to you. Open you eyes, open your minds, and do not fear freedom. For the oppression of freedom is why we are all here in the first place. There shouldn’t be a NORML. There shouldn’t be a legalization movement. That we have to fear our fellow community members and hide our use/sharing/cultivation of a harmless plant is absurd and flies in the face of all that is moral and just in this world.

      Dr. Paul cured my apathy. Let him do the same for you:

      http://youtu.be/RHBCsPYuKIs

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldRh1SkRok

    6. NotBakedButTotallyCouldBe says:

      People, here’s the difference: Ron Paul is a LIBERTARIAN, not a real Republican. He’s only caucusing with them so that he actually has a chance at getting elected because the sheeple at the polls don’t even know what the hell the Libertarian Party is! For shame, too – the Republican party only represents half of what’s good about Ron Paul’s political agenda and ideologies.

      George Washington warned us when he left the Presidency that blind, vehement loyalty to a political party and its interests is the vehicle by which the young nation could be divided and conquered. Well, folks, either the man was a prophet or we’re all morons, because that’s exactly what the two-party system is doing to us. Who endorses Newt Gingrich? Large businesses and investment firms. Who endorses Mitt Romney? International corporations and large banks. Who (still, perhaps insanely) endorses Barack Obama? Labor unions and the benefit-catching proletariat, particularly because of the proposed bill that would ban corporate money from politics but leave union contributions untouched.

      And then there’s Ron Paul…who will speak for him? Let’s start with every branch of the Armed forces, and finish with nearly every widely recognized socially liberal organization that exists. I think his endorsements speak for him – that is, when he (very rarely) isn’t making perfect sense all on his own.

      One problem with Ron Paul caucusing with the Republicans is that he’s caucusing with the Republicans – meaning that, since the only people who are voting in the primaries are mostly those who are registered Republicans and therefore typically leaning anti-legalization anyway. His biggest asset – his libertarian perspective of promoting social freedoms and restricting the scope of government – may circuitously end up being his biggest downfall. I suggest each and every one of you get off your computer, right now, and go tell a Republican to vote for this guy. Hurry, because the primaries are right around the corner…

    7. NMvoter says:

      Gary Johnson is running on the Libertarian ticket. He has beliefs similar to Ron Paul, including legalization of marijuana. He supported Ron Paul in the past. He was the governor of NM for two terms and was liked by both Democrats and Republicans. If Paul doesn’t get the Repub nomination put your vote towards Johnson.

    8. Charles Queen says:

      So what we have is Paul who I already knew wants it legalised,Perry who wants to leave it up to individual states which will not work for a number of reasons and Huntsnm wh is like I guess so or whatever.Paul is the best bet unfortunately I am doubting he wil nake it all the way to the wh althoug I wish he did.I’m alll for total legaisation across the board and will keep helping in fighting for it but right now my main agenda is for medicinal legalisation and not just stae by state,it doesn’t work,I want it nation wide

    9. NagaSadhu says:

      Since Cannabis and the prohibition there of will continue into the future, the best one word education to teach everybody, especially risk takers is the several definitions of DISCREET.

    10. don says:

      All Republican tap dancing aside, a President cannot legalize cannabis.
      He can only call for it’s legalization.

      It must be a legislative act of Congress. Fix your Congress members.

    11. Doug says:

      If you folks EVER want to smoke without worry of the federal government destroying your lives you better get behind Ron Paul NOW. If we dont get him in for 2012 the next chance for smoking legalaly will be just after the complete collapse of the USA….if we’re lucky.

    12. W.D.W.Jr. says:

      Passionate Physician Paul Plants Perpetual
      Peace Prosperity
      Ron and Rand Paul 2012!!

    13. Timothy Tuck says:

      “The major reason I support Ron Paul?

      “The Federal Government­’s been oversteppi­ng its Authority for a long time and nobody who’s run for President in over 100 years has saw fit to point out, remedy or attempt to correct this in any way, shape or form. The Press isn’t doing it’s job, in many cases its assisted in hiding the facts and is Guilty of neglecting what is not only it’s Right but also what many of us see as your obligation­!”

      It’s now granted itself the Authority to Round up anyone they put the ‘Terrorist label’ on, ship you off to Gitmo, without trial, No lawyer AND, they’re “legally prevented from allocating the funds” to bring you back IF they find out they’re wrong. You’re permanetly dissappear­ed, even Pinochet didn’t go there.

      Since you’re so quick to dismiss him ask yourself this:
      Is there any remote possiblity they may at some point decide to redefine or reinterpre­t Terrorist to include someone who shares values different than theirs?

      If its a maybe, is it a insurmount­able stretch to lump “questiona­ble lifestyle’­s and behaviors” into that label. Is it?

      10 years ago did you think one day our Government would.
      1. Sanction the use of the military to round up US citizens.
      2. Stick them into a Jail outside of the USA.
      3. Prevent them from returning to the USA.
      4. Deny them their constituti­onal rights in the process
      Cause they just did and again, the press is absent and silent.”

    14. Billy Johnson says:

      my wife has ms and i have 5 different neuromuscular diseases such as fibromyalgia and rsd. the pain from these are intense. should i suffer or should i take two different kinds of morphine as prescribed by the VA

    15. NotBakedButTotallyCouldBe says:

      @NMvoter: That’s exactly what I intend to do. I just wish (more than pretty much anything, even beyond having a million dollars fall from the heavens onto my couch) that people had greater exposure to the “minor” parties, especially the Libertarian party, because of how real and American their political values system is.

    16. WDWii says:

      WWJD?I’m absolutely sure Jesus Christ of
      Nazereth will be voting for the good Dr.Paul.
      He is the only one that can deliver our babies.He is the only one that can pilot this
      great country of ours.He can mentor his son
      Rand as vice president and we could have 16 years of PAUL.ProLifeProHempProPot of GOLD!
      Dr.Paul could pay for real Social Security
      with cannabis tax.Everyone on social security?In a since we all would be beneficiaries of cannabis.Bring home the Troops. Plow and plant the fields.Feed the World.Vote PAUL 2012!

    17. Seth Freedman-Peel says:

      I think newt gingrich said a straight out lie about what george washington or jefferson would have done. The grew industrial hemp, and marijuana wasnt even considered slightly bad untill “reefer madness” came out

    18. Torch says:

      I think those candidates that want to uphold the Federal “war on drugs” either just keep their heads in the sand OR are PROFFITING from the current Federal law. After reading some recent articles I’m starting to believe that pot might be a “super” drug that could cure or help alot of dieses & conditions. BUT if it was made fully legal ALL the MONEY that has been going into research would be lost and that ALL the politicians & people who profit from the research would lose out. I’ve ALWAYS felt that we probably DO have a cure for cancer and alot of other diseases but if it was made public the MONEY would be gone. Nevermind ALL the money that drug companies make on their “painkillers” & other DRUGS!! AND THESE IDIOTS like Romney & the others who still think pot is so terrible have NOT taken into consideration ALL the VIOLENT CRIMES that have been committed lately by painkiller addicts. YET THOSE drugs are still legal!!! And THAT’S because the drug companies & many in Washington are PROFFITTING from those drug sales!!!

    19. Torch says:

      I have been suffering from chronic low back pain for more than 15 years. I recently underwent back surgery to try to “fix” the problem but so far after recovering for the past 4 months I am STILL in TREMENDOUS pain and all those “legal” drugs I have taken over the years have NOT helped. In fact they hurting me more than helping. I know the painkillers are killing my kidneys, pancreas and many other parts of my body. They also cause insomnia in me so I’ve been living in a WONDERFUL little catch 22 for MANY years. If I take the pills at night it takes the edge off but I am still up and still in pain. If I DON’T take the pills then I’m in even MORE pain & still awake. I have gone through just about EVERY type of “pain management” including “trigger point” injections, epidural cortizone shots, accupuncture, and many other types and NONE have helped me.

    20. Torch says:

      Like someone once put it: The Democratic Party is the Party of “bad ideas” and the Republican Party is the Party of “NO ideas”! In my opion even though I am NOT political (or policically correct) (which I DON’T CARE) I think there should be a new party. The “ALL-AMERICAN” Party. A party that WILL bring back The Original Constitution NOT the “watered down” version that our “great government” has changed to suit THEM! BRING BACK OUR RIGHTS AS FREE AMERICANS!!! They call this the “Land of the Free”? NOT ANYMORE!!! I was born & raised in this country & I have said it for a LONG time now… “LOVE MY COUNTRY BUT HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH OUR GOVERNMENT”!!! AND if THIS makes me a terrorist… WELL I don’t know what to say.

    21. Torch says:

      AND the Federal Government threatening State and local Governments IS considered TERRORISM!!! SO I think if the Feds are going to label people as terrorists because they smoke pot or DON’T agree with the Federal Government then they better go after themselves on the same charges! I HATE to say it but with they way things have been going I see a “Civil” or “Revolutionary” war comming RIGHT HERE in the good old USA!!!

    22. Davo says:

      To Mitt: I find it hilarious and pathetic that he has no clue what industrialized hemp is.

      To Rick S.: I think if he was to take a look at how many American people actually are for the legalization of cannabis, he’d see that he got his statement completely backwards.

      To Newt: Washington was quoted to say “I want this plant[hemp] to be planted everywhere.” and both him and Jefferson grew it as well. Also, wouldn’t it make sense to take the money away from the cartels by putting the money into the American economy’s pockets rather than theirs?

      To Rick P.: Although his stance on legalization is a negative, I do like his statements regarding the federal government law vs. states law. The first time I actually have liked my governor.

      To Ron: I hope you’ll enjoy my vote for you in the upcoming election.

    23. Jim Buck says:

      I believe that legallizing marijuana would save the peoples tax money from being wasted on locking up none violent people.How many people are in jail for or carried before the court at our cost.When will the people get tird enough to say its enough.Legallize marijuana now.

    24. 2crudedudes says:

      As much as I want cannabis re-legalized (believe me, it’s pretty much the only issue I care about at this point), I’m not a fan of Paul’s philosophy, and definitely not a fan of his followers. When they start assuring me that certain things will absolutely happen (because their idea of “President of the USA” must consist of totalitarian powers that will allow said changes without opposition) “Ron Paul WILL…” You don’t know that. You can’t guarantee that. Just stop.

    25. Davo says:

      @2crudedudes: I agree with you. Speaking as a man of science, Paul’s views on Separation of Church and State and Gay Marriage, as well as a few others truly disgust me. Then there’s the fans of Ron…I get into more debates with them that I do any other candidate’s fan-boys. However, he is the better of a very bad situation. His record constantly shows him attacking REAL issues and pursuing them more than most all other options available for president. Ron Paul will NOT make everything perfect off the bat, but he will put in place transitional plans to at least point us in the right direction. Hopefully that’ll be a wake up call to most Americans to see “well since I was completely retarded about this subject, maybe I’m wrong about this too…” And start voting for the right person for office as opposed to red or blue.

    26. DMC420 says:

      2crudedudes, you obviously have don’t much research on Ron Paul. It is not about what Ron Paul WILL do, but rather what Ron Paul WILL NOT DO. He won’t use our troops in unjust, out of control, undeclared wars. The troops can be pulled back at anytime by the POTUS. He will not use the DOJ to shutdown Medical Marijuana shops in states that it was been voted legal (Obama shutting them down). He has no business in your personal live, and he will stay out of it. The changes to this country CAN be made, if the President hasn’t been bought and sold by the corporations (Check out how much money that Ron Paul gets from large corporate donors compared to Obama and or Romney)

    27. Anonymous says:

      Thanks, now we all know where the top Republicans stand on Marijuana reform. Join us next week when we put the same question to officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    28. Matt says:

      Mitt Romney doesn’t even know what industrial Hemp is. Gingrich things Washington “would have been” against it. The reality is that Washington ordered his gardeners to “Spread the Indian Hemp seed far and wide,” in 1794. Was Washington just excited about the industrial fiber production? I think not…

    29. ashley says:

      i am just curious where all the common sense people went in this world. who the hell let these people run for office. i am scared for our future

    30. Goofstr says:

      Hasn’t anybody noticed that even though we number in the Tens of Millions we seem to be completely unheard?

      What is it we are doing so wrong that allows them to continue to terrorize us so easily?

      At what point does the desires of millions outway the greed of a few?

      Words is how we got to this point. It is easy for them to dodge the arrows of a few at a time. Now is the time to let lose with a million fold.

      The only canidate, Including Obama, that has put action to his words. By putting his second signature on H.R.2306 he has commited himself to his word.

      It only seems appropiate to put action behind action.

      Vote Dr. Ron Paul!!!

    31. Carter says:

      Honestly, I think one of the main issues is the confusion between people’s personal decisions and what is actually directly caused by Cannabis. Because indirect blame is a bullshit way to justify the illegality of Cannabis.

      So on the gateway drug thing, in my opinion, it’s not the marijuana itself that becomes a gateway to harder drugs. It’s that person’s own recklessness and stupidity. I have a bunch of friends that have never done anything except smoked bud. Just because certain people who smoke bud meddle with harder drugs, doesn’t mean “if you smoke marijuana, you’re opening a gateway to harder drugs”. That’s like taking a group of people who drink whiskey and also happen to be cokeheads and saying “Whiskey leads to coke”.

      Lack of self-control leads to harder stuff. Not weed. By the way, I think alcohol is more of a gateway substance than weed.

      In my opinion, you take every problem that’s attributed to weed, and once legalized, virtually all of them become irrelevant. Take the drug cartel issue. Legalize weed, regulate it, tax it. Why would a drug lord waste time bringing in product that someone can just go to the local 7-11 (or whatever) to purchase? That’s like someone smuggling in cigarettes and expecting people to actually buy enough to make a profit. The biggest way to hurt the drug cartels is to remove their consumer market. I don’t see why private companies couldn’t grow the f*cking pot, with government inspection.

    32. StoneFromNothing says:

      I think it goes without saying that, considering the options, Ron Paul is the best, if not the only candidate in the race for progressing the legalization of marijuana. That said, ‘don’ brings up a good point – that the president cannot legalize it himself: He must go through congress. Also, from what I have gathered about RP’s approach to government policy (someone please correct me if I’m wrong), he is in favor of legalization, but his ‘pot policy’ is no different than Santorum’s: State’s Choice. So even if he makes it into the White House, there’s would still be a lot more work to be done…

      I know I’m preaching to the choir, but these are the people that we expect to run our country!?! I know some people have already highlighted some prime examples of ignorance, but here are a few more that made me laugh:

      Romney doesn’t know what Industrial Hemp is

      “I would think that [legalizing marijuana] would be an activity that is not consistent with American values.” – Santorum.

      “Q: As a champion of family values and keeping America strong, would you continue to destroy families by sending non-violent drug offenders to prison?

      Santorum: Uh, wow. The federal government doesn’t do that.”

      And if Gingrich’s comment about our founding fathers didn’t get you:
      “Q: I’m a recreational drug user, should I arrested?

      Gingrich: No you shouldn’t be arrested, but you also shouldn’t do it.” (What then does he expect to do…?)

      Apologize for dragging on… though have to agree with ‘davo’ Ron Paul isn’t perfect, but at the moment hes the best we can get…

    33. Adam says:

      And for all you people who the Pres. Doest have the power to legalize cannabis your wrong cuz at any point the president has the authority to reschedule or reschedule any drug at anytime also he talks about cuts that don’t need approval from Congress because there all executive branch cuts that would save the American tax payer over a trillion dollars a year can you fathom a trillion dollars in savings a year in the long run it will lower taxes and create prosperity for anyone who wants it and work for it no other candidates can or wants to do it Dr. Paul care about you and not a political power agenda. Like all the other candidates

    34. Michael says:

      Ron Paul is the only one that makes sense. Bringing back are liberty’s.

    35. Stephen says:

      Well,I’ve been on the fence between the Republican candidates for all this time now and after reading these replies I’m finally settled–Ron Paul all the way.

    36. Chris says:

      Just by being in the race and saying what he does about the racist drug war moves the cause of ending the drug war forward whether he wins or not . . . and the more votes he gets and the farther his campaign gets the more effect Ron Paul has in advancing the cause of liberty . . .
      http://stopthedrugwar.org/speakeasy/2012/jan/18/saying_ron_paul_cant_legalize_ma

      Have you ever heard a presidential candidate say something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldRh1SkRok

    37. rebelrev says:

      the only way ron paul will get voted in for our next president,if we the people get rid of the electorial college vote,till then,we have to put up with the puppets on a string.one person=one vote.like the way the rest of civilize world votes!

    38. Billy Johnson says:

      IF ENOUGH OF US VOTE FOR RON PAUL, THEY, THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT PUT HIM IN. NIXON ACTUALLY BEAT KENNEDY BY ELECTORAL VOTE BUT KENNEDY WON THE POPULAR VOTE SO THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE REVERSED IT’S DECISION

    39. Mark Buchman says:

      As opposed to going into the argument of plus’s and minuses on cannabis culture altogether, I revert to the intention of statehood. This concept was intended to keep democracy “workable” by allowing autonomy to the individual states. THis was and is an idealistic concept that keeps our government in check and not only allows voices to be heard that otherwise would not. Our liberties have been augmented to a fraction of what we as a nation intended 230 years ago. Where is social evolution?

    40. Demonic Psycosis says:

      I think we need to find someone who dose not have their head up there ass.The gateway drug excuse is the biggest bunch of BS there has ever been.Cartels make millions off of marijuana and there,s is not even good lets take that money away from them.

    41. erock says:

      President Of The United States Of America=POT USA

    42. erock says:

      I for one am very much against all acts of evil. I believe we have been given free will by God in which to make our own choices. We work to pay off debt in order to become financially independent. If we get sick or fall ill should we not be allowed to seek out and to use the appropriate form(s) of medicine as we see fit? Instead of fighting and arguing with each other over this issue can we not once and for all end this seemingly never ending debate peacefully and respectfully? This is what I am consciously praying for to happen in the United States. I do not believe that it is morally acceptable for our own government to dictate to its own citizens on how they may or may not obtain general wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. What works well for some may or may not work well for others. I pray that we open our minds, our hearts, and our attitudes to a purely loving state of grace. I also pray that the leaders of this great nation will receive the wisdom, empathy, and kindness that it will take to lead America through this period of time. This is my hope and my wish for you and for me and for all American citizens. We cannot do this alone as we must work together and finally come to a respectful understanding of one another.

    43. Eric Blitz says:

      I know the article is about Republican candidates, but some of you who are saying Ron Paul is the only choice are not quite correct. There is another libertarian, who actually served 2 terms as Governor of New Mexico, and who has been very clear in his support for the legalization of marijuana. His name is Gary Johnson, and when the Republican’s fail to respect Dr. Paul in their primaries, as they no doubt will, the only viable choice will be Gary Johnson, who is running where Ron Paul was at one time, and quite frankly belongs now, in the Libertarian Party. If you want to help bring rational drug policy to this nation, help Gary Johnson. Join a state campaign effort. Get out there and spread a consistent message of liberty, including the legalization of marijuana.

    44. MIKEX says:

      It always cracks me up when these politicians start back peddeling about when they used pot. It was apparently “OK” when they were smoking it in a particular place in time. But now, it’s not and they wish they hadn’t done it. Yea….right. Talk about political posterior kissing.
      The bottom line is that every single one of them that’s against any kind of legalization are resting on the coat tails of a forty two year old burnt out, Controlled Substance Act of 1970. An act in which the english language was manipulated to suit their needs. And at the time it was implemented to kiss Nixon’s posterior.
      If you read that comic book of an act, there is no logical reason that alcohol shouldn’t be in it. But wait….it’s their drug of choice. And they give “US” their
      permisssion to use it.
      Oh and by the way, were gonna make examples of you by ruining your life if your caught using something we don’t say you can. And why? Because our “ACT” says so. And we have the right to ignore reality.
      This is what happens when we’ve let politics run wild and vote for the wrong people.

    45. Matt says:

      Mitt Romney doesn’t even know what industrial Hemp is. Gingrich thinks Washington “would have been” against it. The reality is that Washington ordered his gardeners to “Spread the Indian Hemp seed far and wide,” in 1794. Was Washington just excited about the industrial fiber production? I think not…

    46. palemalemarcher says:

      Newt is relevant now after SC. From the text it seems explicitly obvious that his appointees will codify screening who are not the 1%!

    47. Cameron J says:

      Marijuana is a gateway drug, but only because it is illegal. I used to smoke (I stopped so that I could join the Air Force, go figure) and after I had been smoking for a while, I started to experiment with certain pills. However, my thought process there was that I was already doing something illegal, so what does it matter if I do something else illegal? Cigarettes are legal, so when I started smoking them I did not rationalize that it was okay to smoke illegal drugs because I was already smoking a legal one.

      I find that a lot of people who I have talked to about this have the same ideals. People are more likely to move from illegal activity to illegal activity than legal to illegal.

    48. MIKEX says:

      To Cameron J………If marijuana is in your opinion a gateway drug then it’s a gateway drug for YOU! Not the other 99% of us that have no desire to move on to other drugs that will highly addict and possibily kill you.
      The illegality of marijuana rests only on The Controlled Substance Act of 1970. That’s it! The rest is all smoke and mirrors and political crap-o-la. You’ll never catch them standing up in front of a microphone exclaiming how great it is that were arresting over 800,000 people in the US each year. And because of it, ruining their lives.

    49. mcc says:

      everybody with 2 brain cells to rub together knows that alcohol is a harder drug then pot,, I have known people that have OD on booze,,, I’ve never even heard about anyone dying from pot,,,, What we should be asking these idiots is do they believe that alcohol should be legal…

    50. Tom says:

      Our government does exactly what they are told to do in order to stay in office. The top 10 Fortune 500 drug companies make $35.9 Billion in annual profit. Medical marijuana cuts into their sales of anti-depression and pain relief drugs. With the massive profit the drug companies have it is not very hard to believe that their lobbying and marketing campaigns can have both the politicians and the public believing whatever they want us to believe. Also, do you know that 1 in 1000 people in this country control 1 in 8 dollars. Your very wealthy friends (if you have any) may not support marijuana use and do not want their kids using it, however, since the majority of the wealthy are directly (CEO’s of corporations) or indirectly (investment in companies) linked to the drug companies they want us to believe marijuana is bad. Otherwise, they will lose short term profit and may have to cut back on how many vacation homes they own.

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