Presidential Candidates and Medical Marijuana: Republicans flunk except Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo
I just received a mailer from the Marijuana Policy Project. If you are not a member – sign up now. This is one of the most effective organizations anywhere promoting an issue important to libertarians.
The mailer includes a report card for 16 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates and the results are pretty interesting. The only real surprise is that Hillary Clinton got something right for a change – indicating (according to the report card) that she would end federal raids on legal medical marijuana users.
Did you know that the federal government ignores state law in medical marijuana states and arrests and imprisons law abiding citizens? After you read this you might want to take a look at what’s happening Pakistan. Constitution? – we don’t need no stinking Constitution.
The Democrats actually do pretty well in the report card. Only Joe Biden scores less than an A. Chris Dodd seems to have read the Constitution and says he would leave it to the states – yeah Chris! . Mike Gavel says he would legalize marijuana – yeah Mike!.
Then we have those pillars of small government the Republicans. Of course Ron Paul scores an A+. No surprise there. As a doctor an a libertarian Dr. Paul hits yet another bulls-eye referring to people making their own choices and to state law. Tom Tancredo also earns an A+ referring to state law. Good work Tom – I can see you read the Constitution too.
Every other Republican earns an F. FDR would be proud. Shouldn’t the candidates of the party of small government read the Constitution and resist using the federal government to enforce their own view of morality – especially when the will of the people in those states has been made clear in the democratic process?
Giuliani, the big “liberal Republican” in the bunch proves his big government instincts referring to the FDA’s assessment that marijuana has no medical benefit. Well Rudy – a lot of doctors and a lot of voters think the FDA is wrong. Rudy is big on obeying the law. Perhaps he should make it clear whether he would obey the law in this case. Rudy – does the FDA over-rule the Constitution?
Romney’s comment is classic. “I don’t want medical marijuana…” Well Mitt – no one is forcing you to take it are they. And I don’t think the sick people in medical marijuana states really care what a Governor of some other state thinks as long as he doesn’t become President.
I really can’t believe this is the crop the Republicans have raised up. Except of course for our hero, Ron Paul, there isn’t an ounce of leadership in the batch. I can’t wait til after the primary to change my registration back to Libertarian.
Mitt, Rudy and you other flunkies – just keep pandering to your “big government conservative” base. Hillary is counting on it.