Congressman Jared Polis: “Just as The Policy of Prohibition Failed Nationally With Alcohol – It’s Now Up To States And Counties – I Think We Should Do The Same With Marijuana”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 8, 2011

    United States Congressman Jared Polis, a Democrat representing Colorado’s second congressional district, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most outspoken federal critics of marijuana prohibition. This week he appeared on CBS’s Political Hotseat to discuss the success of Colorado’s medical marijuana law, and the futility of federal marijuana prohibition.

    Rep. Jared Polis: Federal government shouldn’t be banning marijuana
    via CBS News

    Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis said Wednesday that the federal government should not be in the business of regulating marijuana use by Americans.

    “I don’t see a federal role,” he said in a “Washington Unplugged” interview, noting that his state is among those that allow medical marijuana use. (There is also a push in Colorado for full legalization.) “I don’t think that the federal side should be coming in and second guessing what states are doing.”

    “Just as the policy of prohibition failed nationally with alcohol – it’s now up to states and counties – I think we should do the same with marijuana,” he said.

    … Polis said it’s apparent that “we are not winning the drug war,” pointing to increased drug abuse and the flow of drugs across the southern border from criminal cartels.

    “Drug abuse is fundamentally a medical issue, a health issue, more than a criminal issue,” he said.
    The lawmaker asked people to ask themselves how they would want someone close to them to be treated if they were struggling with drug abuse.

    “Do you think that person would have been better served by being in jail for several years or getting the help they needed to end their chemical dependency?” he asked.

    Polis also pointed to a recent study finding that marijuana is already a $1.7 billion industry.

    “It’s already created thousands of jobs in Colorado, several millions dollars of tax revenue – I really think that’s just the tip of the iceberg with regard to the potential of the industry in terms of job creation, revenue creation for the government,” he said.

    You can watch multiple video clips from Polis’ interview here.

    Like what you hear? You can hear more from Rep. Polis at NORML’s upcoming national conference, April 21 through April 23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Congressman Polis is this year’s Conference keynote speaker and will deliver Saturday’s luncheon lecture.

    You can learn more about this year’s NORML Conference agenda and social events online here. Conference registration information is online here.

    We look forward to seeing you in Denver.

    79 responses to “Congressman Jared Polis: “Just as The Policy of Prohibition Failed Nationally With Alcohol – It’s Now Up To States And Counties – I Think We Should Do The Same With Marijuana””

    1. Jack H. says:

      I am from Boulder, meaning Jared Polis is my Congressman. I couldn’t be more proud! This man is going to help us win this debate and ultimately end the prohibition of cannabis. Hang in there, Congressman! Keep fighting, because your constituents are rooting for you!

    2. Prohibition has never succeeded, but instead of realizing that and progressing with a new approach that could actually target the concerns that the government has, they hide behind a blanket a.k.a. prohibition. Its time to take the blanket off, face the facts and the truth, and deal with it properly. No more games, no more lives cut off because of ignorance. End prohibition!!!!!

    3. Mr. Cheef says:

      Glad to see some feds being more outspoken!

    4. Cheacheachea says:

      cool cool. another supporter is always good.

    5. 3141 - Brethren of the Genesist Faith says:

      ONLY 12 DAYS UNTIL 4-20 @ 4:20

      You say – you want – “A Million Man March.” Here’s your million! Wouldn’t it be a sufficient number to conduct a simultaneous “The 420 Invasion” – April 20, 2011 at 4:20 p.m. – “NATIONAL HEMP DAY.” This is what happens when every single Genesist in – 3141 Genesist Colonies – clones themselves with one other – and – each of them do the same – in others who share the same belief..

      1. 1 + 1 = 2 “That’s two of us.”
      2. 2 + 2 = 4
      3. 4 + 4 = 8
      4. 8 + 8 = 16
      5. 16 + 16 = 32
      6. 32 + 32 = 64
      7. 64 + 64 = 128
      8. 128 + 128 = 256
      9. 256 + 256 = 512
      10. 512 + 512 = 1,024
      11. 1,024 + 1,024 = 2,048
      12. 2,048 + 2,048 = 4,096
      13. 4,096 + 4,096 = 8,192
      14. 8,192 + 8,192 = 16,384
      15.16,384 + 16,384 = 32,768
      16.32,768 + 32,768 = 65,536
      17.65,536 + 65,536 = 131,072
      18.131,072 + 131,072 = 262,144
      19.262,144 + 262,144 = 524,288
      20.524,288 + 524,288 = 1,048,760
      “That’s 1,048,760of us.”

    6. johnny says:

      Jared Polis for pres. whare are all the rest of the true representives of the pepole. Its about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7. disabledvet says:

      thank you Congressman Polis, your forthright honesty in dealing with cannabis is much appreciated. just wished you represented my state.

    8. Stengel says:

      We need to start “Branding” our position and keep it historically accurate. We need to immediately and continuously call it “RE-Legalization”!

      The other side knows how to brand their argument and they are on the wrong side of the issue and history.

      Calling it Re-Legalization will even prompt some to actually look up the facts.

    9. I completely agree with Polis. I just hope they don’t regulate marijuana like they do liquor. If they regulate it like alcohol can we expect to be jailed like boot leggers if we grow it ourselves? That is what concerns me the most.