Ask the Republican Candidates Where They Stand on Cannabis Reform

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director September 12, 2011

    Google and Fox News will host a debate between Republican primary candidates in Orlando on September 22nd. Similar to the “social media townhalls” President Obama has previously hosted, this debate will consist exclusively of questions submitted by the public. This forum provides advocates with a unique opportunity to put these presidential hopefuls on record regarding their position on marijuana law reform.

    NORML has submitted a question for consideration:

    “As president, would you stand up for states’ rights by ending federal marijuana prohibition and allow them to experiment with models of decriminalization and legalization without federal interference?”

    Here is how you can voice your support and promote this question:

    Step 1: Go to Fox News’ Youtube page here.

    Step 2: Click the “Vote” tab at the top of the page.

    Step 3: In the topics box, select “Social Issues”

    Step 4: Click “Video Questions.”

    Step 5: You should see our video question towards the top of the list, look for the NORML logo in the thumbnail. Click the thumbs up icon next to the question.

    The current line up of candidates have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the current policies of President Obama, yet most have remained silent on the topic of marijuana law reform (that is, of course, excluding Ron Paul). Take a moment of your time to vote up our question, if these candidates want your vote, don’t you deserve to know where they stand on cannabis?

    70 responses to “Ask the Republican Candidates Where They Stand on Cannabis Reform”

    1. Mary Ann says:

      I would like to know where you stand on legalizing cannabis? As a nation that is touted as a free country, why is this such a big deal to keep it illegal? Abortion is legal and that is murder of unborn children. Marijuana used to be legal until 1937 and alcohol was once illegal. I think we legalized the wrong substance. If cannabis was legalized we could get rid of the drug traffickers that bring it into our country, grow it, process it, package it, and tax and sell it. Seems like a solution to many of our problems. Maybe we can convince the tobacco industry to stop growing tobacco and plant cannabis instead, so they won’t lose their revenue, just switch products. 🙂

    2. webmaster says:

      I voted but FUK FOX!

    3. smokinplenty says:

      Would you fight to remove marijuana’s schedule 1 status and face cannabis in the light with regards to cannabinoids and cancer research/medicine, as a natural renewable resource, drug war/spending reductions and recreational use?

      This was my question but the FOX site did not accept it and looped their list of questions to the same five or six over and over…!

      FOX is totally rigged and un-trustworthy.
      They should not even be considered a news organization but rather an employer of opinionated hosts.
      They will slight the cannabis issue at this debate!

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    5. Tom W. says:

      I don’t know if anyone is aware, but it doesn’t seem to be counting my vote – even when logged in to a YouTube account. I click on the thumb up and the vote advances to the next number, then when I refresh the page, the vote returns back to the number before I voted. I tried twice in a 6 hours span. Is this a system issue or an intentional thwarting of the question by the administrators?

    6. Mrsmac says:

      Ron Johnson, ex-Governor of New Mexico is another candidate who advocates for decriminalizing and taxing marijuana.

    7. consumate cannabis consumer says:

      vote Ron Paul or John Huntsman 2012! both have expressed their support for reforming Cannabis laws!!

    8. power power says:

      republicans are idiots.

    9. power power says:

      except for ron paul. he is intelligent. nuff said