The Republican Candidates on Marijuana

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    by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator
    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)

     

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

    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)

    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)

    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

    97 Responses to “The Republican Candidates on Marijuana”

    1. David says:

      Really Newt? The famous hemp growers Jefferson and Washington would discourage us growing a crop they dearly loved? God, you’re a stupid, stupid man. ron paul for pres.

    2. Rukamir says:

      Like some said about some of Paul’s other political stand points might not be the best but which candidate do you even support 70%? Probably not many or none.

      If he can go in there for 4 years do something with the marijuana laws and we can come just a little bit out of debt let him do it and show that it can help us in the long run so others will help the movement. We are so far in debt I see no problem using 4 years as an experiment as an attempt to see if its possible to get out of 1 trillion of debt. Why not?

    3. pj says:

      Of course I like Ron Paul’s take on the drug issue and foreign policy, but I don’t like his other positions on social security, medicare, abortion, or choice. He deserves more scrutiny.

    4. Gumshrud says:

      I agree with David, Washington grew hemp for rope and some for smoke. What planet is Newt from, not Earth that’s for sure?

    5. Raelyn says:

      Ron Paul for president!!!!!

    6. Hanna says:

      Ron Paul all the way

    7. Dan says:

      I love how Ron Paul’s picture is the only one on the *right* side Dr. Paul 2012!

    8. Denver WMD says:

      RON PAUL- Is for our issues, plain and simple.

    9. Nick says:

      Hi,

      The fact that this even is still an issue is staggering. It amazes me, too, that people are still quoting the same lies from the mid 1930s when Hearst (in one of the earliest 20th Century examples of a Corporation using the Government to further it’s cash intake) convinced the Government to outlaw “Marijuana” as hemp was a threat to his paper industry.

      As to Ron Paul, he’s into decriminalization on a State level. That’s great. He’s also a living gargoyle that has ties to the KKK and American Neo Nazi party. Not to mention “Libertarianism” is just another word for Objectivism. I mean, Woody Harrelson get stoned too, but I wouldn’t vote him in as President because of that.

      The rest of the quotes from these people show a true ignorance on the issue and the current climate of America.

      Also, how funny is it when Politicians try to talk about Science or Medicine?

      “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.”

      Well clearly, idiot, they DIDN’T work effectively, because you were seeing them go through pain. A plant is illegal, and illegal means morally wrong. Remember, though, Drugs are A-OKAY if your dealer is Pfizer or Glaxo! And synthetic is always the way to go. Clearly, he allows that philosophy to leak into his personality as well.

      And the whole “gateway” thing, I can’t believe that’s really an argument still. In fact, the very fact of legalization and unrestricted freedom to grow would remove pretty much of any direct threat of that. I can remember going to some kid’s’ house to buy a sack and him offering me, pretty much, every type of Narcotic under the sun. You simply don’t get that in dispensaries or in your garden/closet. If you remove the crime, you remove the stigma, you remove the stigma, you remove the need for people to seek it out in a place that is sketchy or dangerous. Also, the subtle psychological shifts between knowingly committing a crime vs. just making a common purchase completely affects the rest of your decision making and attitude. Wouldn’t it be great if, in 15 years you could hear some kid say, “I don’t drink, do drugs or tobacco – just pot.” Without irony or paranoia?

      Anyway, vote for whoever you want, but realize every single face on this page wants to make money off you and keep you chained to a kyriarchal wall of stagnation if not societal regression.

      Love,
      Uncle Nick

    10. Brian says:

      If anything leads like a precedent, our own center of Federal power being The District of Columbia, has legalized Medicinal MJ. Congress opted to not intervene. The Federal Legislative Branch of Government (you know… the law makers) decided not to go against it when it could under “Home Rule”. That to me sound like a “leave it up to your area” type ruling. So, you should not have to rely on President when you have a strong precedent. Having a President in favor of legalization, decriminalization, removal or lowering from Schedule 1 or whatever, just makes it a more powerful stance.

      Vote for a person and not a Party. For for who you think would do the best job but at least get out and vote.

    11. timothy atkins says:

      I can honestly say that reading this it made me ashamed to be a republican. Newt is a moron, Perry has no clue, Santorum just wants a job, our only hope as a marijuana using republican(gasp) yep there are a few is Ron Paul but some of the things he says makes me wonder if he isnt from another planet. Maybe we should write in Willie and woody for president.

    12. Anonymous says:

      Ron Paul sez it best, let the state decide it , marijuana has no worse effects than tobacco or liquor. Truth is no chemical addictions to marijuana. But yet our government approves these narcotic pain killers that really kill people just saying

    13. Dedmenz says:

      So we have ron paul who is a good candidate. And rick perry, who I like the fact, wants states to be able to enforce their own laws, without fearing federal enforcemnt. Thats amazing but there is the opposing fact that we still spend way to much on the war on drugs and he wants to continue.

    14. Colin says:

      Huntsman!

    15. Don says:

      Newt Gingrich is a total jerk and moron. Romney isn’t far behind… Given the chance, I’ll vote for Ron Paul in a heartbeat. I don’t even care if I don’t agree with him on some other issues. Let’s get this one straightened out first then we can work on the others!

    16. Anonymous says:

      Sounds like Paul is the way to go in this issue…and possibly even Perry saying he’s not for it but let the states decide

    17. Zach says:

      Another golden nugget of wisdom from Mr. Gingrich:

      “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.”

      Local doctors already prescribe Oxy Contin for anybody that walks in. So I guess that means your drug policy, like your campaign, is just a joke as well

      And the opiate epidemic in this country over the last ten years has done more damage than legalizing pot will ever do in a thousand.

    18. Sherrie Heim says:

      I think. Ron Paul, is our best hope. To get the Feds, off our butts.

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    20. pj says:

      I agree with “uncle Nick”, “As to Ron Paul, he’s into decriminalization on a State level. That’s great. He’s also a living gargoyle that has ties to the KKK and American Neo Nazi party. …”
      I want to repost a link to an article I didn’t write, but would like others to consider, Paul deserves more inquiry…http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/12/20-reasons-i-wont-vote-for-ron-paul/

      And of course the other candidates are mindless idiots, and of course I would like to see an end to the bogus “war on drugs”, as well as the undeclared war on education, which Paul would perpetuate. Along with global warming. This is not a single issue election.

    21. Jack Staulk says:

      ” We need less drugs in this society, not more drugs “.
      I only wonder how much he’s recieved in political contributions from Pharma alcohol and isn’t pharma inventing more more drugs ? What a lying piece of crap hypocrite !

    22. Just An Observer says:

      We already know where Obama stands thanks to the DEA’s actions against medpot. That means we are looking at Ron Paul as our only (somewhat) viable candidate for this issue of ours.

      Why do so many Americans dislike freedom? Lefties want to take away some and righties want to take others. Does anyone other than Paul have real respect for the US Consitution? Being for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights today is more radical than it was in Revolutionary America’s time it seems.

    23. Theo says:

      I find it surprising that they don’t mention the fact that RP would pardon all non-violent drug offenders in the US. That alone should make all stoners want him for pres.

    24. koda says:

      Ron Paul 2012

    25. buffalo man! says:

      IN MY HUMBLE OPINION THESE MORONS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS LIKE TO GO THRUE CANCER, OR OTHER CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS, HAVING HAD CANCER FOR 7 YEATS AFTER 17 SURGERIES IN MY NECK, HAVING NEVER SMOKED CIGARRETS NOR DRINK ALCHOHOL MY CANCER JUST CAME OUT FROM NO WHERE LOST MY VOICE AND I LIVE NOW WITH CHRONIC NEUROPATHY FROM THE DAMAGE THE CHEMO DID, IT CAUSE NERVE DAMAGE IN BOTH ELBOWS IT DAMAGE MY SPINE HAD BOTH ELBOWS AND BACK SURGERY AND MY LIFE AS WE KNOW IT CHANGED! I BELIEVE IF I DONT WANT TO TAKE VICODIN AND ANY OTHER DRUG MY DOCTOR PUSHES ME TO TAKE! ITS MY CHOICE AND RIGHT ITS NOBODYS RIGHT TO CHOOSE FOR ME! THESE SO CALLED EDUCATED POLITICIANS ARE ALL LOOKIN AFTER THEIR INTEREST, UNLESS YOU GO THRUE A LIFE OF CHRONIC PAIN AND GET SICK OF TAKING THE SO CALLED PAIN KILLERS THEN THEY SHOULD SHUT YHEIR PIE WHOLES AND READ THE RESEARSH AND STUDIES THAT CLEARLY STATES THE BENEFITS OF MEDICAL MJ, NOONE OVERDOSES AND HOWNANY OVERDOSES DO WE SEE ON OXICODONE AND OTHER PAIN DRUGS DAILY IN THE US HOSPITALS? YESH IS A EPIDEMIC BUT POT IS A GATEWSY DRUGS!!!! WHAT MORONS!

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    27. moldy says:

      I’ll vote for Paul even if many progressives would cut my head off for it. Obama had plenty of chances to correct the MMJ issues but instead chose to attack. Paul probably won’t make it on the ticket but right now he’s the only person running that doesn’t think I’m a criminal. Newt, Romney, the rest, are all bought with corporate money and if they or anyone else in the field other than Ron gets the nom I’ll go back and vote for our #1 lying POS Opharma. Ugh!

    28. buffalo man! says:

      Sorry for misspell but yiping from a phone

    29. mark says:

      Mitt said Marijuana just leads to harder drugs?Maybe we should look at the tabacco companies or the alchohol industry.or even the pharmacutical companies pushing there so called good medicine.I will take pot any day of the week before any of those other things.Oh wait they all got lobbists in washington.

    30. Bill S. says:

      For those that argue that marijuana use is the “pathway to drug usage by our society” how do you account for the number of professionals, i.e. doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, accountants, etc. that smoke pot. Did Rick Santorum’s use of pot in college lead him to drug usage? Did Bill Clinton become a drug user? This law exemplifies the hypocrisy of our political leaders. I contend it is the youth’s basic mistrust and lack of good role models (starting with the government) that generates the apathy that encourages getting high. The old ‘chicken and the egg dilema.

    31. midnite toker says:

      cannabis is as much a gateway to harder drugs as milk/baby formula is to alcohol and caffeine

      where are you from newt are you not a supposed historian then why don’t you know that the founding fathers you speak of being against this were growers themselves ? all of these folks except ron paul are very severly out of touch with reality

    32. aaron says:

      let me just say this. i live in florida where if you have a stubbed toe and a mri we will give a bottle of oxycotin to “manage your pain”. i was in a car accident i went to a “pain management doctor” all that S.O.B. did was turn me into a legal heroin junkie for 5 years . i have been clean for a year now. i am no longer in pain. i go to collage now. i have my life on track. you know what got me off that stuff? marijuana, it controls my pain, improves my quality of life. now, how about that pain management theory? but you know what lets cut romney a break. if our head were that far up are rear ends, we wouldnt be able to see the light either. VOTE RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    33. Brian Coats says:

      I believe that our politicians have lost site of what our forefathers tried to teach this country. In God We Trust. Not… God give us his guidelines forefathers in a book called The Holy Bible. So what do our elected officials do they ignore what God says about almost everything including our Spiritual,Physical and Political lives…

      For Example “Israel must return to its 1967 borders,” US President Barack Obama is expected to declare on Thursday in his Middle East policy speech, Israeli daily newspaper “Yediot Ahronot” reports this morning. Obama will propose dividing Jerusalem between Israel and the Palestinian Authority but will rule out supporting any unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence.

      From conversations over the past few days between Israel’s new national security advisor Yaakov Amidror and his predecessor Uzi Arad with senior figures in Washington, the newspaper claims to have details of the draft plan that Obama intends putting forward. In his speech on Thursday, Obama will outline the main principles of his Middle East approach, and call on Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.

      While Obama will call on the Palestinians refrain from declaring unilateral independence in September, he will also demand that Israel stop building West Bank settlements.

      On the subject of Jerusalem, he will say that from the US point of view the city should be the capital of two state that live alongside each other in peace. Obama will reportedly adopt the plan of former US President Bill Clinton in which Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods will be part of Palestine, and neighborhoods in which there is a majority of Israelis will be part of Israel.

      And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. (Ezekiel 34:29)

      1) What is the Word of God concerning marijuana, or cannabis hemp ?
      The hemp plant (scientific name: cannabis, slang name: marijuana) is but one of the many useful herbs “yielding seed after its kind” (Genesis 1:12, 29) blessed by God on the third day of creation for people to use in conjunction with our free will. The only place in the Bible where Cannabis was mentioned by name got switched into ‘calamus’ by the King James translators as part of a holy ointment (described in Exodus 30:23).

      The Bible also predicted prohibition: “In the later times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” (Paul: 1 Timothy 1-4) Nowhere in the Bible does it say people cannot grow, possess, use or even smoke cannabis or that hemp is bad. In fact, quite the contrary: “God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.’ … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:29-31)

      2) How was the cannabis plant used by people during Biblical times?
      Cannabis was widely used throughout the world since earliest times. ‘Cana’ got its name from the same root word as “cannabis,” indicating that hemp was grown there. The Bible also describes a common way of preparing marijuana for medicinal use: “The Lord said …Afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.” (Isaiah 18:4-5)

      Cannabis was traditionally used in 12 different ways: as clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. And it was written, “On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:1-2)

      The leaves and flowers of cannabis are well known for their medicinal value, and the Thracians Scythians and Zoroastrians were just a few of the groups that were using cannabis socially during Jesus day.

      So we need Honest Politicians who care about our well being not the Almighty Dollar….

    34. Christopher says:

      We really need to buckle down and vote this year, its time action is taken.

    35. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Ron Paul has my vote!

    36. Luke says:

      George Washington. – “make the most of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere”
      Thomas Jefferson – “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of our country”
      Henry Ford – ” Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down , if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products I’m the annual growth of hemp fields”

    37. Robert says:

      Rick perry is who should be president he is for the states to have power back and not for a big goverment.Also, the majority of the reason we want medical marijuana legal Is for the patients but Ron Pauls views on some medical issues are ridiculous.

    38. Raederle says:

      Mark has a good point – the drug companies all have lobbyists in Washington. Why don’t we have the same? With 15 states on the medical marijuana bandwagon, you’d think we should darn well be able to do something, regardless who is President.

    39. Paul says:

      RON PAUL 2012! Champion of freedom and accountability!

    40. Luke says:

      As much as I am all for legalization it will not happen as long as major drug companies have their hands in the government because there are thousands of drugs being made for many ailments that medical pot can treat far better and with no addictive side effects and marijuana has far less detrimental side effects …I mean wtf is an anti-depresant for when a common listed side effect is may cause depression ….they want us all on drugs just there chemically made drugs from labs from drug dealers like Bayer they don’t want us growing our own meds in the back yard or going to farmer john across town they want money and want us the people to depend on and need them when the government really needs its people I am sorry but t brave soldiers of battles our national anthem reflects on are turning in their graves saying what America has become is exactly what they fought and died to get away from ….America needs to get back to its roots and constitutional values before foriegn countries are teaching there children how America fell to its own corrupt sword in there world economics classes

    41. steve strand says:

      4 people have died overdosing on prescription pot pills, but that`s ok as long as it isn`t that leafy shit you can`t overdose on. these idiots [except paul] are all dumber than dog shit. All those idiots have to do is regulate it like beer and wine.

    42. Luke says:

      And further more I am a very big supporter for organizations promoting legalization but there are some larger issues at stake in this next coming election

    43. Buggsy13420666 says:

      Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman are the only two candidates running for president that support the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE. The others running will continue on the battle of MARIJUANA PROHIBITION and the erosion of our rights. If the others get in, they will be the new puppet of the 21ST CENTURY INQUISITORS and hide behind the wall of MARIJUANA PROHIBITION and FEDERALISM and BIG BROTHER. Step by step, inch by inch, we are being led into a TOTALITARIAN SOCIETY with a NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT protecting the gate on their WALL OF THE ORWELLIAN MENTALITY.

    44. Isaac says:

      The fundamental thing you need to understand about Ron Paul is that because we have been accustomed to this “mainstream” way of thinking as of recent in our history, his ideas sound radical at first. But the natural progression of everyone who comes to like him always comes when they start to do more research. For example, to many, legalizing drugs sounds radical, but as people start to research the real issue in depth, they find that it’s actually a much more sensible policy.

      Apply this to things such as war overseas, or Social Security or Dept. of Education. Bringing our troops home, privatizing SS, and eliminating the Dept. of Education all sound extremely radical at first. But when you start to do more research, you find the opposite, in which 1. Interventionism and militarism and forced regime actually make us less safe by promoting hatred around the world (The CIA coined the term “blowback” research it) 2. That Social Security is already bankrupt, Chile has a much better system. They privatized their SS, forcing people to save their own money, and it’s thrived (research it) and 3. That we had no Dept. of Education before 1970. People act as if getting rid of it will “end education”. In reality, states are fully capable of running their own education systems, when you get the Feds involved in things like education, you get bureacracy and things like ‘No Child Left Behind’ (utter failure).

      My point is this. If you like Ron Paul on war and drugs, don’t let his other issues push you away. He has been studying this stuff his entire life and there is a reason he says it. The Constitution clearly states that the role of the Federal Government is to protect the people and their liberties, keep a border, and keep a strong national defense. The Founders were smart enough to know that even though we may have good intentions, when the Feds get involved in things, it leads to lost efficiency and much more corruption. Ron is all for states doing their own thing because he understands that localities and states are much more accountable to their people then Washington DC. So please, do some more research and I guarantee you you’ll eventually come to the same conclusion I have, and that is that Ron Paul is for real, he knows his stuff, and you may have different viewpoints on certain topics (as do I), but out of the awful two party system, he is the only one actually telling us the truth, and I’ve been studying this man for 5+ years. So please, this country could be on the verge of collapse, our standard of living will go down, and he is the only one talking about our debt and the Fed, etc… Give him all your support and let’s actually put an honest man back in the White House since JFK.
      Ron Paul 2012, end the wars, end the war on drugs, end the fed!

    45. jae says:

      So we have Ron Paul, who is for legalization, and Huntsm.an, who wont actively seek legalization, but pretty much wouldn’t slow or stop its progress… I’m thinking Huntsman would be a good choice here

    46. Heather says:

      Obviously most of these guys are saying what they think people want to hear, and obviously most of these guys have their heads up where the sun doesn’t shine!!! Ron Paul sounds like the only one who makes some sense which is the first time I’ve heard any such thing coming from a Republican! No offense Republicans, it’s just that I don’t often listen to hypocrisy because it’s a waste of my time!!

    47. mntnman says:

      OK…what’s going on here?

      Just the other day…and for years before that NORML had a letter from Gingrich supporting medical marijuana.Now it is gone…scrubbed by NORML?If so…why?It was very helpful to me showing what a hypocrite he is.

      [Editor's note: Scrubbed?? You're too paranoid. A search on the word 'Gingrich' on NORML's webpage quickly retrieves the 1982 NEJM letter from Gingrich supporting medical cannabis:

      http://norml.org/library/medical-marijuana-reports/item/newt-gingrich-s-letter-supporting-medical-marijuana

      By 1992, Gingrich claimed he never wrote a letter to the NEJM...so much for the 'historian' who can't recall his own history.]

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