Latest GOP Candidates Stance on Marijuana
The next president of the United States of America doesn’t have to be a STONER, they don’t even have to SMOKE WEED…all they have to do is get the fuck out of the way…and allow the laws people have enacted in their state. We’re not quite sure what the fuck Obama’s stance on the issue is…so when it comes to the other side of the fence where exactly do all those GOP hopefuls stand on marijuana?
Well, Congressman Ron Paul has been way vocal about his pro-pot position. During the November 22, GOP debate; he said the Feds shouldn’t be setting medical marijuana laws. “You can at least let sick people have marijuana because it’s helpful. But the compassionate conservatives say, well we can’t do this, we’re going to put people who are sick and dying with cancer and are being helped with marijuana if they have multiple sclerosis — the federal government is going in there and overriding state laws and putting people like that in prison,” Paul said.
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson supports medical marijuana. Back in early October he went off on the DOJ over their “Crackdown” on California marijuana dispensary owners and their landlords by saying, “Our Department of Justice is spending our dollars and resources threatening dozens of small businesses in California with criminal charges, closure, and confiscation of private property for the heinous crime of trying to provide the people of California with a product and service they have officially said they want and determined to be in the public interest,” said Johnson.
Former Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman hasn’t been too vocal about weed, but we did find THIS clip of him talking about it at a town hall meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire. Hours after he announced his candidacy for President, Nick Murray from the local NORML chapter questioned his view of federal intervention in state cannabis laws.
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.
With a li’l more research we determined that Governor Rick Perry also believes medical marijuana laws should be left up to the states. Perry has said, Medical Marijuana is cool for Californians, but not sooo cool for Texans. “A movement I disagree with, while appreciating the desire of Californians to decide for themselves–this is the issue of marijuana consumption. A few years ago Californians legalized the limited medicinal use of marijuana, but the Supreme Court struck this law down in Gonzalez v. Raich, claiming that the federal government has the power to regulate activity that would have a substantial effect on interstate commerce. Now, I am not sure the people of Texas would want to go down this road,” Perry has said.
Ex-GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he supports the ability of states to make medical marijuana available as a treatment for patients. “If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that’s a state’s right,” Cain said while campaigning in Iowa. “Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issues — most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally … you try to force one-size-fits-all.”
Then there’s former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrinch, an admitted pot-smoker who as a senator from Georgia in 1981 co-introduced the first bill that would have allowed marijuana to be used for “therapeutic purposes”. But, less than a year later he flopped on the issue and withdrew his support for the bill. Then proposed the death penalty for trafficking marijuana in 1996. He’s been saying, “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.”
Former Governor Mitt Romney also hates weed and has flat out said: “I don’t want medicinal marijuana”. He’s also called marijuana “the entry drug for people trying to get kids hooked on drugs.” And, since there’s “synthetic forms of marijuana that are available for people who need it for prescription,” he thinks medical marijuana is unnecessary.
And despite admitting to smoking weed himself, former Senator Rick Santorum opposes medical marijuana. He told Piers Morgan back in August that what he did in college was “wrong”. “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. I would encourage people not to do so. It was not all it’s made up to be,” Santorum has said.
So far Minnosota representavive Michell Bachmann hasn’t said much about weed in public…yet. But, on July 25, 2007 she voted against House Amendment 674 (State and Federal Medical Marijuana Law Enforcement and Implementation) to the bill H.R. 3093 which sought to prevent States from using federal funds made available under the Act to be used in the distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.
So there you have it. Some forward-thinkers and some old school prohibitionists…a mixed bag, for now. But, just like what’s been going on inside the Obama administration, positions on weed are subject to change at any time. So stay
STONED…uhm we mean…stay tuned…and STONED.
Leave a Reply