Virginia’s Tea Party Backed Attorney General Cuccinelli “Evolving” on Marijuana Legalization

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director February 8, 2013

    kenVirginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Tea Party favorite and presumed Republican candidate for Governor, opened up on his views regarding marijuana legalization while addressing a group of students at the University of Virginia this week.

    When asked how he felt about Colorado and Washington legalizing the adult use and commercial production and sale of marijuana in November, the conservative politico caught many off guard with his answer.

    “I don’t have a problem with states experimenting with this sort of thing I think that’s the role of states,” Cuccinelli stated, “I’m not sure about Virginia’s future [re: marijuana legalization], but I and a lot of people are watching Colorado and Washington to see how it plays out.”

    Twice during the talk Attorney General Cuccinelli referred to his views on the subject as “evolving.”

    You can view video footage of this event here.

    38 responses to “Virginia’s Tea Party Backed Attorney General Cuccinelli “Evolving” on Marijuana Legalization”

    1. JAY says:

      Pot is no longer a third rail in politics about time

    2. RUT says:


    3. Shawn Kearney says:

      The GOP could manage to gain some very much needed new support if they addressed this ‘elephant in the room’. I think think the foundation of conservative politics is necessarily worse than the liberals, they just need to get back on track and stop pandering to their hard line constituency – who will likely vote for them no matter what their views are on state rights re: marijuana.

    4. Vivian Colter says:

      What happens in Colorado as time goes on could hopefully finally bring big changes. I think a lot of people are watching. They’d be crazy not to with the state of our economy…States are sitting on a goldmine and they just don’t get it…

    5. Miles says:

      I live in Virginia and will not vote for anyone who does not embrace ending the War on Drugs and Marijuana Prohibition in particular. My vote for President, most recently, went to Gary Johnson. Mr. Obama has not done nearly enough to earn it yet.

      Cuccinelli’s words are welcome but not nearly enough. It seems more like he was pandering to a crowd that he figured was probably in favor or legalization without making any kind of commitment. It does bring hope.

    6. Brian says:

      thats good but now people that are not sure need to understand marijuana is safer than are own food because of the GMO linked to cancer and what not and are water supply because of fouride also linked to lower IQ even alot of other problems as well and its safer than tooth paste and mouth wash that being said lets take marijuana out of the feds hands and put it in to the states hands and the whole hemp thing as well being used for alot of things and put millions of people back to work and make much needed billons for this country weather it be feul, constrution, clothes, tools, houses, rope and i just looked this up we can make cars or car frames from it as well im not sure but mabey dirt bikes i think the list just gose on and on

    7. Anonymous says:

      Of course, so far most conservatives who voice these musings that emphasize states rights and marijuana promptly retract their statements. Remember Romney’s running mate? He did a very quick flip-flop.

      Suddenly, though, everyone is looking for stoner votes. Congratulations to us all.

      I agree with the suggestion that the ‘…foundation of conservative politics is (NOT) necessarily worse than the liberals, they just need to get back on track and stop pandering to their hard line constituency.’

    8. Joel: the other Joel says:

      A candidate who is a Tea Party favorite are always proven to be the best choice.

    9. CKOld says:

      This is a called “Pandering”. If he actually does something that will be called “Change”!

    10. DontTrustIt says:

      Cuccinelli is not to be trusted. He’s a vocal LGBT rights enemy, as well as Governor Ultrasound’s partner in crime, trying to make abortion prohibitively inaccessible by passing regulations that *only* target womens health clinics in Virginia.

      I refuse to believe a guy like him can “evolve” on cannabis, but has not (and will not) “evolve” on rights for women and the LGBT community.

      This is the equivalent of a convicted endangered species poacher claiming he’s willing to consider a VEGAN diet.