The Republican Candidates on Marijuana

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)

 

“But having legalized [medical] marijuana is, in my view, an effort by a very committed few to try to get marijuana out in the public and ultimately legalize marijuana. They have a long way to go. We need less drugs in this society, not more drugs. I would oppose the legalization of marijuana in the country or legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes because pain management is available from other sources.”

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

 

UPDATED 01/09/12:

“Q: I want to know what you thought about industrialized hemp?

Romney: About what?

Q: Industrialized hemp.

Romney: Industrialized hemp? I’m not quite sure what industrialized hemp is.”

(Peterborough, NH Town Hall on January 5, 2012 – source)

 

“Q: Are you in favor of arresting medical marijuana patients?

Romney: I’m in favor of the law not allowing legal marijuana.”

(Tilton School Meet and Greet on January 6, 2012 – 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)

 

UPDATED 01/12/12

“Q: Why don’t the other candidates talk about drug policy?

Ron Paul: I think they are easily intimidated and they think people are going to hold it against them if they talk sensibly about drug policy.  Yet I think they are about 20 years behind the time. I think prohibition of anything doesn’t work, the only thing we should prohibit is violence.”

(Manchester, NH January 10, 2012 – 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)

 

UPDATED 01/09/12:

“Q: As a champion of family values and keeping America strong, would you continue to destroy families by sending non-violent drug offenders to prison?

Santorum: Uh, wow. The federal government doesn’t do that.”

(College Convention 2012 in Concord, NH – source)

 

“Santorum: I guess I would take the opinion that federal laws are laws that are in place right now that say these are narcotics, right?  I don’t know, I assume they are…

 Audience Member: I’m sorry, they’re not.

 Santorum: Ok, alright, I don’t know my medical marijuana laws very well. I know should know everything, but I don’t, I apologize, I’m trying my best. But I think they are a hazardous thing to society. So I would..

 Audience Member: How did you form that opinion?

 Santorum: I formed that opinion from my own life experiences, and having experience that…I went to college too. So, I would make the argument that states have the rights, but they don’t have the right to do anything they want to, states don’t have the right to sterilize people. They did at one time, but we said, “No, we aren’t going to do that anymore.” States under the constitution probably have the right to do it, just like they have the right to do marijuana laws…legally, but I don’t think they morally have the right to do things that are harmful to the people in their community and therefore I think the federal government should step in.”

(College Convention 2012 in Concord, NH – source)

 

“Q: I’m a marijuana user should I be arrested?

Santorum: Well, depends on what the laws in your state are, I guess.”

(Hollis, NH on January 7, 2012 – source)

 

“Well you know, obviously state drug laws are the principle drug laws. I have concerns about obviously drug use and its impact on our society. So, I would say that the federal government does have a role, that states don’t go out and legalize drugs, there are drugs that are hazardous to people, that do cause great harm to both the individual as well as to society as a whole. The federal government has a role to make sure that those drugs are not in this country and not available and that people who use them illegally are held accountable. Ideally, states should enforce these laws, but the federal government has a role because it is a public health issue for the country.”

(Nashua, NH on January 9, 2012 – 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)

UPDATED 01/09/12

“Q: I’m a recreational drug user, should I arrested?

Gingrich: No you shouldn’t be arrested, but you also shouldn’t do it.”

(January 4, 2012 at Concord, NH Town Hall Meeting – source)

 

“Gingrich: There is a general belief over the last couple hundred years that people who are drug addicted citizens are not capable of participating as independent citizens. They are not capable of exercising independent judgment. So if you look at cocaine and heroin addicts, they loose the ability to be fully participating citizens.

Q: That doesn’t seem to match with the consistency of how many people seem to use drugs in this country. So, I’m saying well over the majority of individuals in this country use or have used drugs, what you are saying is the majority of individuals are incapable of participating…

Gingrich: No, what I’m saying is even among the majority of those who have would agree they shouldn’t be legalized.

Q: What polls are you referring to?

Gingrich: The polls in terms of legalizing heroin and cocaine, there’s never been any support for that.

Q: Oh, well I’m talking about marijuana.

Gingrich: Well…I’m just talking about cocaine and heroin.”

(Gingrich Town Hall in Concord, NH, January 4, 2012 – source)

 

UPDATED 01/12/12

“Every place where drugs become legalized, matter of fact is more people on welfare, more people who are dependent, more people with bad health outcomes, fewer people who are able workers who can pay attention on the job, and a drain of money into illegality.  Because immediately behind legalized marijuana, comes cocaine and heroin. And the very people who were busy selling marijuana branch into even more aggressive sale of the harder illegal drugs.  So, I think it is a big net economic loss and a job killing idea.”

(Florida, 2009 – source)

Prior Activity:
Introduced and Sponsored the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996

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

299 thoughts

  1. yea, we are all screwed…our need of this freedom will never be had folks..it will never end…our government will continue to screw its people over its own selfishness..i think obama changed his tune because he got schooled from the buinessmen who run this country. pure an simple folks…oh caanada….

  2. “Let states decide” has been said many times before, including by Obama. Yet the Federal Government continues to raid dispensaries which are legal under state law. None of these candidates are stating they will keep anyone out of jail. State marijuana decriminalization laws are routinely violated by state police anyhow. NY is the biggest example of that. Without a Federal law legalizing either medical or recreational use, there will be no factual or lasting progress.

  3. “Q: As a champion of family values and keeping America strong, would you continue to destroy families by sending non-violent drug offenders to prison?

    Santorum: Uh, wow. The federal government doesn’t do that.”

    Everyone that has a family member in prison for drug only charges please send him a letter.
    What is wrong with these people? Romney didn’t even know what industrialized hemp is and Gingrich doesn’t think we are citizens. Not citizens just a bunch of animals might as well gas em’ like the Nazis did to the Jews. How do you deal with these people NORML I don’t see how you can get anywhere when the people you are dealing with are ignorant and brainwashed or they are purposefully turning a blind eye. I am sick of it I hate politicians they think everyone should be just like them.

  4. Everyone here has one thing in common, yet after reading every comment many believe some things that are totally false and that is not their fault. The media is doing their job, but they are NOT doing it for us, period!

    So many people freak out because Ron Paul wants to eliminate the Dept of Education, you think that is insane and I can understand that. BUT, I would respectfully request you ask someone who has been a teacher for a long time if that would be good or bad. Everyone of them are going to tell you the same thing, it is a pure waste of money and should be eliminated cause its driving down the quality of education. Many people freak on his foreign policy and again, media is doing ITs job, so let me help you understand WHY we will never get out of this war mentality by ourselves.
    http://www.ganjapages.com/home/tek/videos/video/102-watch-before-vote-ron-paul-foreign-policy-very-eye-opening-must-see.html

    Many people believe he is a racist, understandable, his voting record does not reflect this though, although many people think because he did not support the Civil Rights Act that it confirms he is one.

    Its easy to see how you believe this but the Civil Rights Act which is Federal is dictating what every state must do and this is the very thing that is also tripping up Medical Marijuana and how they say Federal Law trumps State Law.

    He is against it because as he says with many things, the Constitution does not grant the Federal Government the power to either write or enforce such a law. He is not against the intended result, he is against the Fed giving itself power the Constitution specifically did not grant it.

    Many people think he is crazy because of his believe in regards to Medical care and on this one I would ask you. Who would know more about how Government intervention has effected the quality of the Medical Establishment, someone who has been a Doctor for 50 years? or someone who is … whatever you are. Please understand I do not mean to offend anyone at all when I say this though.

    I have never been incredibly political because frankly they all are crooks, thieves and cons who say whatever you want to hear so they can do whatever they want.

    Every year I would vote but its also always been a lessor of two evils.

    In late 2006 however I saw a Ron Paul Banner and that was my first exposure to him, I did do a bit of research and was shocked, I saw many of the same things above that freak out everyone, but I did something different.

    I continued to research deeper and the more I found the more I could like. By the time the election came around I was as many call us, a Paulbot.

    I have probably spent 2000 hours researching this man now. Trust me I know how insane this sounds but that is how us Paulbots work. Besides I am online all day as I work in Information Technology.

    If you are not for Murdering innocent people all over the world and making the Rich even Richer as we foot the Bill, I hate to tell you, you are left with Ron Paul and anyone running on the Libertarian Platform.

    If your not ok with the way things are and would like to end the Status Quo, you again have only those two choices, Ron Paul or the Libertarian Party.

    Ending the Drug Wars, Same choice.

    Bringing back our liberties and freedom, it is the same answer again.

    However if you want someone who truly understand economics, has predicted every bubble and economic hick-up we have had you only have Ron Paul.

    Almost 30 years in office, never one voted for a Unbalanced Budget.
    Never voted to Raise Taxes.
    Did not vote for the Patriot Act.
    Has never voted to increase funding of the war on drugs.

    I agree looking at him if you do not fully understand his philosophy it could be easy to confuse his vote for meaning he is for or against something you might have issue with, but ask yourself this. Did the founding fathers want our Federal Government to have these powers? cause if they didn’t he voted No, guaranteed.

    Anyone who has questions about him I offer my knowledge and will be happy to point you to the source of that answer, I will help you do your research. My goal is not to tell you want to think, its to make sure that you DO think and that you do so for yourself. I have researched him a lot and I will admit, there are a few things even I do not 100% like, but that number is smaller than what I LIKE about all other candidates combined.

    We can not afford at this time to pass up the opportunity as a nation that we have. To have a TRUE STATESMAN like him, we would have a real leader. He won’t pander or sell out, 30 years in office should be more than enough proof, he is the only person who has a hope of beating Obama but frankly I would rather keep Obama than let one of the other republicans take office because they all can’t wait to start WWIII.
    Please I implore everyone of you who are on the fence, spend the time and do your research, don’t read fox MSNBC, CNN and almost all of the Main Stream Media, they are owned by the Establishment and they fear Ron Paul. Cause he will free us from them and their control.

    Is Peace such a bad thing to hope for?
    Is Freedom something you can do without?
    Is Liberty not something worth fighting for, I believe it is.
    The only thing you have to fear is what they will do when they see we know what is really going on. By then its to late.

    If you disagree with him I will respect that but lets see the Real Reasons, not the ones the media has planted for you. If you love your country DO your research because you may not realize it but we are losing this once great nation and those at the top are profitting from the actions that are causing it.
    Thank you
    tek

  5. Both my parents were teachers for over 30 years and they seem to believe eliminating the department of education is about the worst policy idea ever put forth. I think I’ll believe their experience over Ron Paul’s. The actual reason education has eroded in this country is because it isn’t a priority. Of course we all value our own educational opportunities and those of our loved ones, we just don’t seem to give a rat’s ass about the level of education our society as a whole possesses. It serves us all for everyone to get the same chances we did. I really don’t believe an individual state or school district should be able to decide creationism or intelligent design belongs in a science classroom. Educational standards are there to separate fact from fiction, and I’m pretty thankful for them.

  6. After reading in full former FED DEA Admin Law Judge Francis Young’s 2 year study, and “Findings of Fact”, regarding his decision to reschedule medical marijuana, and why. How can anyone deny sick people the right to use this therapeutic, and safe medicine that their doctor’s recommend, unless they’re brain dead, or paid-off in one way or another. Its no wonder the only candidate who supports medical marijuana from this list of Republican nominees for President is a Physician, Dr. Ron Paul.

  7. People need to be reminded about all the positives of cannabis hemp (sustainable, fewer/no pesticides, strongest plant fibre, paper, plastics, medical, nutritional, etc.) just as they were reminded about the positives of alcohol when it too was under prohibition. Immediately reminded also of all the negatives prohibition serves to support:
    -gangs and gang related student drug dealers in every school everywhere
    -higher taxes
    -forfeiting billions in annual public revenue
    -forfeiting numerous health advantages
    -money laundering, terrorism and the -corruption of officials in essential industries of banking, law, politics and real estate
    -radical prohibitionists

    The choice is clear: support legitimacy or support crime and corruption through prohibition.

    “Prohibition is the criminal gateway”

  8. @lockedoutoftheshed, i’m complelled to agree with the comment about Obama changing his tune, i also beleive if he were to be elected to a 2nd term that tune would change again, I mean he went to school in hawaii and admitted to smokin and was for decriminalization during his election campain, only after his 1st presidential briefing (info very few ppl have ever been privy to) did he completely dismiss the idea, my feelings about him are somethin like he can’t speak to loudly about contivertial topics tryin to get re-elected, in the end he gets my vote again anyway, he’s the best thing thats happened to this country since Bill Clinton, he’s been faught my the house harder than any other president in history and it’s simply because the majority of republican senator and representatives are prejudice, they won’t do what some black man tells them and our country is suffering because of it

  9. did any of you people even read this? RON PAUL! is clearly the candidate for individual freedom, he always has been and he has a record to prove it, unlike Berry. Obama is not the Knight in shining armour for your cause, Ron Paul is, please wake up and join the Revolution. He cannot win without the independents, spread the word. Obama is a Manchurian candidate, he supports Wall street with bailouts and he will continue the wars because he is part of the Banker/pharma/military industrial/new world order machine. Don’t you people recognize this yet? Obama passes NDAA and you think he will decriminalize pot? his puppet masters don’t like competition and he isn’t about to go off the reservation. Ron Paul is the one and only hope, do you really care that much that he has an “R” next to his name that you will blindly Obey for 4 more years?

  10. dude the dea has been helping cartels launder drug money and has been shipping cocaine for them. just check out the news. hold tight normal. it sounds like like the lid of something really major is about to be blown off. im getting the shivers!!!

  11. Don’t get your hopes up about a second-term Obama getting around to addressing the war on weed. It always seems some bigger crisis comes along and trumps everything else. Look out for a war with Iran to blow the occupy movements and other progressive agendas completely off the table.

  12. Why the HELL would someone vote Obama for re-election. For God’s sakes he signed the NDAA into law on New Years Eve, behind everyone’s back. The NDAA gives the military the right to detain US citizens WITHOUT A TRIAL. Are you kidding me. He just signed away one of our most fundamental rights. Who cares about pot thats pathetic and rdiculous. Thats criminal, Orwellian, something ud see in Nazi Germany, oh wait no theyd just do it they wouldnt even put it on paper. He also “promised to 1. stop the feds raiding, 2. end the wars, and 3. restore civil liberties… and what does he do? 1. Continues raids 2. EXPANDS wars 3. Signs NDAA and Patriot Act BACK INTO LAW! WAKE UP PEOPLE. Ron Paul is for real, End the wars, legalize marijuana, restore civil liberties!
    Ron Paul 2012

  13. What I would like to say is Mr.Gingrich ya better check into Washington before you make a statement about Marijuana,first of all it used to be mandentory that all households in the colony days to plant 1 handful of hemp seeds for textile purposes.Second Mr. Perry if you can’t see the rise in prescription use in our states then you are blind the PILL DOCTORS are running crazy in our state and the Dr.’s just keep on write prescriptions ya go in they do not want to talk to you they just keep ya doped up on Pills.Texas prisons and jails are full of people it is a way to keep the $$ rolling in as more and more folks on probation for small amounts of pot 2,3,4,5,years of paying your local county Gov.just to keep the status quoe .Is what I say it is MY LIFE and MY BODY and I know what helps me and what hurts me.Children on Pills people selling Pills this is a Pill Generation and it is sick to know that schools just want your Children to be ZOMBIES at school because of PILLS.we never had this problem when i was younger ADD,ADHD,Bipoler ,or anything else that these kids seem to have now WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!

  14. J-Bob says, “…i’m complelled to agree with the comment about Obama changing his tune, i also beleive if he were to be elected to a 2nd term that tune would change again…he’s the best thing thats happened to this country since Bill Clinton, he’s been faught my the house harder than any other president in history and it’s simply because the majority of republican senator and representatives are prejudice, they won’t do what some black man tells them…”

    Hey J-Bob, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Obama’s whole platform for getting elected the first time was his promise of change from the Bush era. Any thinking adult can see that Obama has just continued (and ramped up) George Bush’s agenda. A moron can see that.

    I think it is a cop-out to suggest that the reason the House is not working with Obama is because he is black. The reason these idiots aren’t working together is because these politicians are 1) out of touch with the people, 2) out of touch with the problems facing American, and 3) too concerned with carrying their party’s agenda rather than solving real problems.

    I think the real reason Obama flip flopped on marijuana legalization, and other issues, is because once he got into office, someone sat him down and showed him the real score and told him the way its going to be. Obama’s ‘change’ after he got elected is likely because the establishment has something on him and are blackmailing him. I really think that one of the reason’s he’s been so hard on medical marijuana (especially dispensaries) is because of some deal he must have made with the pharmaceutical companies to go along with his health care plan. Something like, ok Obama you want health care support from us, get rid of those damn dispensaries too. Obama has done more to wreck medical marijuana than Bush ever did. Bush just raided a few businesses; Obama is trying to shut the whole think down!

    Wake the fuck up. Obama does not care about you and me. Obama has a NWO agenda. Obama is not going to become pro cannabis in his second term; you are dreaming pal.

    Don’t be a chump, vote Ron Paul 2012!

  15. Unless you believe that being American means getting everything you can get and never mind if you hurt anyone else in the process, then Ron Paul is the only choice currently available. He is the only person who is truly trying to do the right things for all of us and our country. He seems to be the only person who understands what liberty and freedom really mean.

    So, give him your vote whether or not you believe he can actually win. He actually can if we actually vote for him and don’t give in to the nay-sayers who claim he’ll never get elected. That mentality just leads to that result.

  16. There is only one person running for President who has consistently sported our rights, that’s Ron Paul!

    Even Obama has been proven to only be telling us what we want to hear. Obama promised not interfere with states that legalize weed. Then he sent in his feds to crack down on California dispensaries.

    Ron Paul has stood before his own party on national television and been booed for supporting us. Still he has never wavered.

    Seriously what candidate has EVER supported us more?!?!

    If we don’t support him now we deserve the drug war being waged against us!

  17. technically im unaffiliated but based on this information alon i would have to say ‘go paul’…cuz obama just hems & haws on th topic

  18. J-Bob your a complete idiot you know that Obama is a liar and will say anything to get elected but you are going to vote for him again. You are worse than the people that vote out of complete ignorance at least they have an excuse for electing a bad president but you know what your doing and even admit it. pathetic

  19. Ron Paul Our one issue is many issue’s. It’s about alot more than a buzz. We want to feed the world. Every mammal must get stoned. To your health.

  20. these politicians don’t get it. cannibis is an herb, heroin and cocaine are narcotics the pills your doctor perscribes are narcotics. seprate the herb from the narcotics and there’s no problem and the cartells are not making money off cannibis if it’s legal. Commercial hemp should have never been illegal do your homework so you can see how it all became illegal….education is the key politicians have no clue what they are talking about….it’s sad and frustrating the ammount of ignorance involved with this subject

  21. The only one with any sense about cannabis is RP.The problem is on other issues he’s dangerous. The Green Party now is perfect for progressives who want to end ” victimless crimes” like prohibition of drugs. We really need a multi-party system but the corporations won’t allow it. Too many to buy off.

  22. J-Bob, I agree completely. I noticed Obama changed after he was sworn in. It’s because the shadow government, the rich and multi-national corps reminded him of Kennedy. And he has kids. There’s nothing the “real” gov wont do to get their way. We need to occupy till the rich and powerful die.

  23. Heard newtginrich said he smoked in college yet at one point mentioned he wanted to kill anybody that even possessed marijuana.

  24. Im in Az we voted pot in 2x & still didnt let us have it (janet napolitNO was the gov) so I was almost brainwashed into Romney-but reading this, IM FOR PAUL!

  25. Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
    If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let’s put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.
    We can email our Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to discuss HR 2306, the proposed Federal law that will get the Federal government out of the marijuana business and let states make their own laws.
    And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

  26. Ok folks so what are we to do when we see Obama and Romney on the ballot? Write in Ron Paul and see the worst of the two get in because you wanted to make point? I Already did that with a better man than both of them (Nader) and got Bush.
    I guess the best bet is to concentrate on finding pro cannabis candidates running for the house or senate vote for them, then move to a state with decriminalization laws.

  27. The media wants you to think you can only vote for the ones they offer you. They are making millions to tell you this.

    Dr. Ron Paul’s success is causing them alot of problems.

    They tried not mentioning him, then telling you he can’t win. They say we need a canidate that can beat Obama.

    I don’t think that’s going to be that hard.

    I am not fooled by any of this.

    If they can get you to vote for either party instead of the canidate, they have done their job for the status quo, and will continue to get their millions. But, if they have lost that power, they won’t be able to demand as much money next election cycle.

    To vote for someone that can beat someone else, is falling for the status quo.

    To vote for someone just because they are democrat or republican is just what they want. This is what the beast thrives on.

    If they don’t “let” Ron Paul on the ballot, I refuse to roll over and wet my self saying oh well there is nothing I can do.

    I will write my vote in, and it WILL be for Ron Paul.

    Many will say I have wasted my vote.

    No, a wasted vote is one that is given to the status quo!

  28. Governor Romney:

    Given the mountain of evidence that not only proves cannabis prohibition was founded on lies, but that it is also one of the safest and most helpful substances known to man, why do you continue to perpetuate one of the greatest social injustices in history by buying into the lies and sustaining the status quo of cannabis prohibition?

  29. this is getting bad. Who do you think came up with the SCA. A republican. No one in the republican party will ever let mj become legal, even Ron Paul. He is giving lip service the same as any other canidate. Obama may not be perfect but he will be a lame duck pres and just may give us medical. (one step at a time) Yes, obama did sign the NDAA but it won’t be law until its heard on the supreme court. He hasen’t got away with everything just yet. The power to change mj policy comes from congress. Look at your local reps. If congress dosen’t want it to happen, it won’t, no matter what a pres wants.Just step and look at everything!!!!

  30. so far after reading all these ive come to the conclution that they are stupid ideas marijuana is healthy and safe and if you dont like it because you think its a danger then ur fuckin stupid not one person has ever died from an overdose or a chemical reaction of smoking pot the only sensable candidate here is Mr.Ron Paul because he understands the people that smoke and that it should be legalized. but it should be legalized not only for medical use but for recreation as well because what are you doing? your smoking big deal people smok ciggarets and those are alot worse i mean they cause cancer people. and what does marijuana do? NOTHING!!! it makes u feel good its just like alcohol. but alcohol was once prohibited at one point as well until the government finaly wised up and legalized it and helped us to end the depression so if by doing that it helped end depression imagine what legalizing marijuana would do i mean there is 7 billion dollars flioating around unacounted for because of prohibition. another thing to look at is how many deaths a year are from other drugs including alcohol. and how many deaths are there from marijuana? NONE so you all need to wise up and look at the facts its not hurting anybvody when we smoke and it would help this country out alout in these hard times. so legalize it

  31. Ron Paul is the only candidate who sticks to his guns. He doesn’t pander for votes. Listen to this man speak, he is a voice of reason in a time of corrupt politicians. I really do believe he is the one we can trust. Also the department of education is a huge failure, states can do a much better job with education than politicians in Washington.

    Seriously people, Ron Paul is the only one who will let states decide their drug laws, get government out of the business of regulating internet – this is no joke see the bill called ‘sopa’ and he speaks out against a bill that recently passed under Obama called national defense authorization act which is a terrible bill that allows American’s suspected of terrorism to be locked up indefenitely without an attorney or a trial!!

    Seriously if you really care about freedom I would recommend everyone to check out Ron Paul, not from the media but from Ron Paul himself or even his campaigns website and see what you think – RonPaul2012.com

    Peace

  32. For the people concerned that Ron Paul won’t get the GOP nomination and we will have no one to vote for, I think he will run as an independent as a last ditch effort. Ron Paul has already hinted on the Alex Jones show about something like this. I think the reason Ron Paul remains steadfast as a Republican is because he really believes in the party. So he is not telling the MSM about any other plans run; he seems to be focused 100% on getting the nomination as a mainstream Republican.

    And I really think that that is very possible now. The mainstream Republicans are dropping like flies; the MSM has been pushing their little darlings, whether is was Perry, then Cain, then Newt, and now Mittens, but these people only last a couple of weeks or so. The Republicans are scared. They know it will be very tough to beat Obama with these clowns. Obama will easily be able to destroy any of these mainstream Republican nitwits in a debate. The only person right now that can beat Obama is Ron Paul. And I think the Republicans are starting to realize that.

    So Ron Paul could get the nomination. The thing to keep in mind is that Ron Paul is rising in the polls even when these so called TV news channels are putting the lid on him. Ron Paul is much bigger than most people realize. Not only is he popular with the marijuana people, he is popular in the Liberty movement, the Tea party, with gun rights people, people against the banker bailouts, gold and silver coin people, survival people, 911 Truthers, Anti War people, small government people, anti NWO people, right to life people, young people, the list goes on and on. I really believe that if American politics was fair, and the media had real investigative reporters and give everybody fair and balanced equal coverage, Ron Paul would win by a landslide.

  33. gingrich is a jackass. george wasington was known to partake in his day. he wrote of it in his journals

  34. Watching CNN.Peirs Morgan is interviewing Newt Gingrich,asking him what animal he would be if he was an animal -childhood regression episodes about his parents blablabla.. Newt has placed close to last in the last 2 caucusus and Dr Paul has placed 3rd and second place in NH respectively, and their asking Newt what his favorite animal is!!!
    what the fuck?
    Where is Dr Pauls interview. Why are they grooming Newt and not Paul? Something isn’t right here.

  35. We are screwed. I agree with Perry about the matter of Legalization should be left up to the states because of our 10th Amendment. I also agree with Ron Paul. We made alcohol legal during the Prohibition in the 30’s. While people say that Marijuana is a determent to health, they should look at the WHOLE pharmaceutical companies. “Aspirin is perfectly legal, but if you take 13 of them it will be your last headache.”

    Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, and Huntsman. Oh lord. We’re screwed. Especially when it looks like the media is going to start pushing Romney a lot more then any other candidate.

  36. i love the responses from these fuckin idiots who know nothing about pot but say it shouldnt be legal….you are all ignorant fools…get educated! gateway drug? anyone who gives that response is fucking moron…how bout cigs and alcohol you fucking stupid retards! as an adult i should be able to choose what i put in my body…not have it decided by ignorant fucking morons such as yourselves….grow up…stop being sheep and maybe…just maybe you will get a little more educated………

  37. OCCUPY THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES!

    Keep Romney as far away from the White House as we can!

    Most States require you to register as a Republican to vote in the Primary.

    Register Here
    http://www.rockthevote.org/

    48% of the New Hampshire Primary voters were non-Republicans. It works! Romney won Iowa by only 8 votes! Your vote can make the difference!
    VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR STATE!

  38. Their missing the point,,,this is a medical matter,,,its not about getting high,,its a quality of life thing.Dumbass!

  39. What we need to do is make it very clear that we will not vote Obama back into office in 2012 if his administration continues it’s current war on drugs and in particular marijuana. Not voting at all would give the Republicans an advantage. I suggest that someone, less vulnerable than me, posit a petition on https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions requesting signatures of those that will not vote for Obama in 2012 if the Republican candidate is Ron Paul or if he (Obama) refuses to make serious policy changes in regards to legalizing marijuana prior to the November elections. The White House, and presumably Obama, is cognizant of participation in these petitions and sends participants responses. I’ve received several. Perhaps the threat of voter revolt (hopefully by several hundred thousand) will make some waves and get his attention. I’m not pleased with Obama on a number of things but this seems like a defining issue. Please … someone do it! Ill gladly sign.

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