In Colorado, Marijuana Candidate Gary Johnson Aims To Be Obama's Nader
Mitt Romney: Marijuana 'For Recreational Use' Is Bad, But I Also Oppose It For All Purposes
MA Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren Voices Support for Medical Marijuana
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren offered her support for legalizing medical marijuana in an interview with a Boston radio station on Monday. She said her father's battle with cancer taught her the importance of using appropriate drugs to help alleviate pain.
“You know, I held my father's hand while he died of cancer,” she said, “and it's really painful when you do something like that up close and personal. My mother was already gone, and I was very, very close to my father. And it puts me in a position of saying, if there's something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who's suffering, I'm in favor of that. Now, I want to make sure they've got the right restrictions. It should be like any other prescription drug -- that there's careful control over it. But I think it's really hard to watch somebody suffer that you love.”
Voters in Massachusetts will be deciding this fall on whether or not to make Question 3 law, and legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients.
Meanwhile, across the country in Colorado, former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo voiced his support for his state's ballot measure to legalize the sale of marijuana in a letter to Republican lawmakers. "I have decided that it presents a responsible, effective and much-needed solution to a misguided policy,” Tancredo wrote last week. "Eighty years ago, Colorado voters concerned about the health and safety of their families and communities approved a ballot initiative to repeal alcohol prohibition prior to it being done by the federal government. This November, we have the opportunity to end the equally problematic and ineffective policy of marijuana prohibition."
The momentum is clearly with those who favor marijuana law reform. Will it translate into votes in November?
Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Responds to GOP VP Nominee Ryan on Medical Marijuana
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan recently said in a radio interview that while he is opposed to medical marijuana, states should be allowed to decided MMJ policy for themselves.
While we can take Mr. Ryan’s words with the proverbial “grain of salt,” his enunciation of them puts medical marijuana in the news, which is always a good thing.
A Presidential candidate that actually supports medical marijuana and legalization in general, Gary Johnson, took the opportunity to release a statement responding to Ryan’s words.
"While I applaud Paul Ryan's words, this is not the first time we have heard a candidate for national office express a willingness to tolerate state medical marijuana laws, so 'buyer beware',” Governor Johnson said. “Barack Obama categorically pledged to not use federal resources to go after medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally under state law, and his Justice Department even issued a memo to that effect. But what's happened? The Obama Administration has proven to be an even greater enemy to medical marijuana than President George W. Bush.
"We've heard Barack Obama's words, and seen his actions. Now we've heard Paul Ryan's words. And all we really know about Mitt Romney on this issue is that he doesn't want to talk about it, having rebuffed questions from the media and a medical marijuana patient.
“Medical marijuana may not be an important issue for Gov. Romney, or for any of the other candidates, but it is vitally important to the many Americans who are suffering and who could be helped if the Feds would just get out of the way. Polls show 70 percent of Americans believe states should be free to permit medical marijuana. We need to know where Mitt Romney stands."
Mitt Romney has said he opposes medical marijuana on at least two occasions, and the odds of him slowing the federal crackdown if elected are slim at best.
Paul Ryan's Take on Marijuana: Worthless or Desperate?
Romney Vows to Fight Marijuana Legalization 'Tooth and Nail' Unlike His Opponent?
This clip of Mitt Romney talking about marijuana at an appearance in New Hampshire is about a month and a half old, but I don't think anyone has noted it here yet. It is interesting for the way it reflects the basic difference between Romney and Barack Obama when it comes to drug policy, which is a matter of style rather than substance. Asked about legalizing marijuana for medical use, Romney gives the standard prohibitionist response:
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