49 responses to “Ron Paul: End the War on Drugs!”

  1. Camel

    Legalization will allow ANYONE to grow their own, which means there will be NO criminals selling it. Anyone with a brain can figure this out on their own. When it is illegal or “decriminalized”, criminals will still be involved because it has massive value. Once everything is legal, the value drops dramatically, which means everyone can grow it in their backyards if they so choose. Wakeup people, these things will be used whether they are illegal or not. So why waste money putting people in jail over things they will use anyways. So dumb.

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    1. stephen

      Not really… If they legalized it… they would make you get a permit to grow the plant like they do with everything else. For example distilling alcohol. If they tax the growers they can gain revanue on the plant

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  2. Ron Paul receives enthusiastic support during speech at USM | Dr. Ron Paul - Presidential Candidate 2012

    [...] support base. But it’s exactly these unorthodox political positions, like his support for marijuana legalization[3] and opposition to most foreign military intervention, which  make him popular with younger [...]

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  3. Ron Paul makes campaign stop st USM | The Free Press

    [...] support base. But it’s exactly these unorthodox political positions, like his support for marijuana legalization and opposition to most foreign military intervention, which  make him popular with younger voters. [...]

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  4. Why I Support Ron Paul | John Gardner

    [...] to end the PATRIOT Act, one of the biggest infringements on our civil liberties in decades, and the “War on Drugs,” which is an abject failure in every sense of the word and then [...]

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  5. A Debate for the Ages, Part I: Nixon and Drug Abuse – “Root Causes” or “Personal Culpability”? | Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society

    [...] piece in 1996 that claimed decisively that the “war on drugs is lost” and, as we all know, Ron Paul defies all stereotypes), this dichotomy perpetually exists and has influenced our drug and culture [...]

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  6. Is Ron Paul A Real Conservative? | SNS Post

    [...] Paul believes in the complete legalization of drugs.In this column he points out that the War on Drugs is unconstitutional, can’t be won, [...]

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  7. Kelleigh Nelson — The Phony Rightwing: Ron Paul « What were they thinking?

    [...] 7. Paul believes the government has no role or authority in regulating drugs, another Libertarian concept. However, his stance has a great deal of merit inasmuch as it actually does pull the rug out from under the drug cartels and their profits. Am I in agreement? Not necessarily, but here’s the Congressman’s take on this issue. [Link] [...]

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  8. Bachmann Stands by Bribery Charge Against Paul Amid Iowa Caucus Campaign | Michele Bachmann

    [...] including the Texas congressman’s calls to withdraw U.S. troops from overseas commitments and to legalize drugs as a way to better regulate their sale and reduce profits to violent drug [...]

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  9. Ron Paul

    [...] 7. Paul believes the government has no role or authority in regulating drugs, another Libertarian concept.  However, his stance has a great deal of merit inasmuch as it actually does pull the rug out from under the drug cartels and their profits.  Am I in agreement?  Not necessarily, but here’s the Congressman’s take on this issue.  Link [...]

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  10. Romney Intensifying Effort in Iowa as He Seeks Republican Caucus Victory | My Blog

    [...] in line with his libertarian philosophy, has said he would support the legalization of drugs as a way to better regulate their sale and reduce profits reaped by violent cartels and [...]

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  11. Is Ron Paul a Real Conservative? | All Things Political Today

    [...] Paul believes in the complete legalization of drugs.In this column he points out that the War on Drugs is unconstitutional, can’t be won, [...]

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  12. KJaggers

    I know it’s not really PC to follow my own post but just snapped to a more conscise though dated label for my complaint. And no pun intended. But I think it’s a “cop-out” (see 1970s) to say you want to head the federal government and make this huge correction, but rather than correct it, create 50 new problems for the same electorate and act like something good has happened.

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  13. KJaggers

    First, I don’t think most drug offenders are taken on federal charges, as many more seem to fill the state prisons than the federal ones, but I am no expert for sure. And, honestly, my concern here was not about trying to out Dr Paul on his drug agenda, but to point out that I felt there was something missing between what he intended for the casual reader to think and what I believe he would easily recognize to be a sort of doublespeak (see George Orwell’s “1984″ if unclear). I also recognize that this was written some years ago before his every move was being filtered by legions of spin doctors and survey-sorters along with the rest of the electioneers. Again, I am not trying to degrade the candidate in any way. Nor am I a blogger, or even an avid political anything. More of a lurker who’s just gently pointing to a tiny wrinkle in a mostly-seamless, well-considered and highly supportable stand that Dr. Paul is skillfully weaving into the fabric of the upcoming election.

    (But if they don’t have to spend all that money on interdiction, wouldn’t that just make it easier to continue to fund keeping citizens in prison at a percentage higher than the world has EVER known?IDK.)

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  14. KJaggers

    Am I the only one who sees the sleight of hand here? “In any case, states should decide for themselves how to handle these issues and the federal government should respect their choices.” This is an old trick. Let the states take control until there is such a widespread abuse of power that the Feds must step back in.

    How many here think your state would be significantly more open-minded about drug war issues than the Feds currently are? I can hardly imagine any significant changes occurring, and least of all for the better. Our prisons would continue to be filled to capacity, and our police would continue to have plenty of Probable Cause options to fill them with.

    I support many of Ron Paul’s positions and am grateful most of all for his taking the initiative on virtually every substantive topic being debated in this election season. I still haven’t decided which candidate is the least likely to finish Us off (and thus get my vote) but his article has made me considerably more skeptical of his intent and I will be reading between the lines with significantly more care in the future.

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  15. Let’s declare victory in the war on street drugs. | danmillerinpanama

    [...] as well as efforts at suppression. Those efforts have cost lots of money, directly and indirectly. Ron Paul favors stopping it. The best way to fight violent drug cartels would be to pull the rug out from [...]

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  16. Ron Paul has a problem … |

    [...] with Ron Paul on everything he says, because I most assuredly don’t, but he has certainly changed my outlook on a few issues that I would have considered unshakable ten years [...]

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  17. SamFox

    Ron Paul & Gary Johnson are the only 2 candidates who would RE-legalize liberty. Both would end the drug war. Doing so would save a lot of lives & stop the waste of a lot of taxpayer $$.

    RE-legalizing prohibited substances & having state run dispensaries would take control from the violent black market under ground. Heck, just RE-legalizing cannabis would take away LOT of cartel profits.

    State dispensaries could have people trained to handle addiction & should have HONEST, [as apposed to Reefer Madness type propaganda] Consequences Of Use education programs. Also many who want to end their use of addictive drugs could have medical help. Many addicts don’t go for help under the current regime because they fear arrest & persecution for just being stupid.

    If people are not hurting any one but themselves, there is nothing to justify locking them up rather than having a place they could go to receive help. Prohibited drugs are not the bane of the USA. Big govt is. Big govt has given rise to powerful, dangerous, very rich & murderous cartels. Drug use is just an excuse for govt control.

    Consider at the Rx industry. They get away with 1,000s of deaths every year. If you have an Rx script they don’t put ya in jail if you become addicted. Rx drug addiction is a far larger problem than illegal substance use but no one calls for jailing Rx users or prohibiting Rx drugs.

    Don’t forget, ‘legal’ does NOT default to ‘safe’. Nor does ‘illegal’, in the case of cannabis at least, default to ‘dangerous’.

    How many of you need big controlling govt & a stack of laws to tell you to stay away from heroin, crack ect. I don’t need them either.

    http://tinyurl.com/26lphpu

    Taking the profits, power & control of substances from the cartels would result in of a lot of militarized police budget reductions. Bribes & kickbacks would be severely cut. Plus eliminating the easy, soft targets that most cannabis users are for cops, would mean they would have to concentrate on real crime.

    Go to the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition [LEAP] website. A great education awaits those who are new to the subject of ending the drug war & why ending US drug prohibition has become a dire necessity. Drug prohibition has become far more dangerous than drug use. Work to get the govt off all our backs, not just with drugs, but with every thing they do to nullify freedom, liberty & personal choice.

    http://tinyurl.com/28cvhgb

    http://tinyurl.com/429o9yx

    SamFox

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  18. The Candidates: Ron Paul « Dugganocracy

    [...] He wants to end the War on Drugs. [...]

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  19. BrianEarp

    Here’s the latest pro-Paul analysis of the war on drugs from Practical Ethics, a blog of the University of Oxford philosophy faculty: http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2011/09/legalize-heroin/

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  20. Legalize It « Journey Toward Justice

    [...] a nation–medical marijuana, inconsistent punishments from state to state, etc.  This is not Ron Paul’s libertarian argument to legalize every drug; I’m not so sure the pros of legalizing something as dangerous as [...]

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  21. OpinionEditorial — Blog — What’s Wrong with Conservatives?

    [...] to shrinking government, but his foreign policy is not to have a foreign policy, and he supports legalizing drugs − is he too libertarian to attract social [...]

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  22. Gavin R. Putland

    The reversal of the onus of proof in drug-possession cases is incompatible with the rule of law and is therefore unconstitutional in all jurisdictions.

    More: http://is.gd/ccxry6 .

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  23. End The War On Drugs. Start By Legalizing Marijuana. | Hustle Bear - A Blog for Achievers - by Judd Weiss

    [...] on many economic matters, I am disgusted with them on The Drug War. Republican supporters of Ron Paul or Gary Johnson (former Governor of New Mexico) do support complete legalization, but most [...]

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  25. Davison

    Such a usefule blog wow !!!!

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  26. Legalise fever - catch it! (692)

    [...] hasn’t prevented Senator Ron Paul, who is also a popular politician, from calling for an end to the war on drugs, but he is a hero and libertarian and not afraid to express an [...]

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  27. Vocal Citizen

    Ron,

    Can you not suggest to your fellow lawmakers that our country is ready for a YES or NO vote on whether to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis and its derivatives?
    President Obama will never do it alone, because he’s afraid of the political backlash. Please, Sir, get with Rep. Barney Frank and introduce a motion that we have a special election. Allow We the People to vote ONCE AND FOR ALL.
    Then, we’ll see how the numbers come out…
    You get this accomplished, Ron Paul, you may well be elected President in 2012!

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  28. Cheryl A.

    Let them tax it and it will become legal. Who will monopolize it when it becomes legal?

    Fix the money controlling powers first. Then work on fixing the monopolizers of industries. After these two things are done you might have a chance at avg. Joe becoming a competitor in the hemp biz.

    The growing of hemp will bring about new industries!

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    1. Nate Y

      And how do we fix these monopolies?

      I am of the view that as long as there is free entry into the marketplace, there can be no monopolies.

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  29. James Raider

    It’s time for drastic changes on our failed War on Drugs.

    http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2009/04/war-on-drugs-time-for-change.html

    Time to regain control of our streets and our sanity.

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  30. Melanie Martin

    We have a penal system in this county that has to be filled, therefore legalizing drugs would take that away, what would the police do it they didn’t have someone or something to hassle. There would be less gangs, less murders, how would they be able to keep the prison system filled if they didn’t have petty dealers out there to keep them in business. If it was left up to me if you want to deal in drugs, you would have to carry a license which states what kind of drug you can sell and in what area. If you are outside of your area or dealing in drug you are not licensed to sell then you can be fined on a first offense. They should have to pay taxes as well and provided for the neighborhood in which they sell. They must purchase a building to sell out of where they must display a state license just as any other business. If they want to be the main supplier, that license should also be posted in the house of the dealer in which they supply their drugs. And just like liquor stores, you have to be of legal age to buy.

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  31. Rev. Justin Caleb Higdon

    Ok people…Dr. Paul DID draft a bill…with Barney Frank, just last year. It failed. He is doing more than any of you cynical bloggers. He is on TV almost weekly, speaking out against the war on drugs…spreading common sense to the masses. He ALWAYS votes with common sense and NEVER flip-flops on any issue. Show some respect for the ONLY politician in congress that is not only brilliant, dedicated, and honest…but unafraid of ridicule from either side of the political aisle.

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    1. SamFox

      Rev. Justin, Ron Paul is not alone. Another candidate, Gary Johnson, has pretty much the same views as Ron. Your post is very good. I ‘liked’ it.

      Ron Paul, POTUS. Gary Johnson VP.

      Best back to the Constitution, freedom & liberty ticket we could have ATM.

      SamFox

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  32. CURTIS

    The govt only know how to make new laws,not repeal bad-very bad laws. take from us– never giving back freedom

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  33. Eileen Hackebill

    I absolutely agree we need to legalize all drugs the money saved would be much better spent on helping people rehabilitate, without the drug money the crime rate would go way down. Criminals wouldn’t have the money to purchase guns. i believe we all need to stop talking about this and all the issues at hand and start marching on Washington. Most law abiding hard working citizens are not being heard because they’re too busy working to fight. It’s time to stand up take the time and be heard we need to come together. Our country is being run by a few who disregard the voices of the many.

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    1. Kathy

      Yes. This government doesn’t care about the people. They only operate with power by installing fear to keep control over the masses. The reason the weapons of mass destruction can not be found is because it is not guns,bombs, etc…is is FEAR and mind control.
      It is time for everyone to WAKE UP, take back our power and our lives. WE THE PEOPLE, remember!? If you haven’t read the Declaration of Independence lately and you have forgotten what is says, do youself and everyone else a favor…read it. It specially says, “governments are instituted among men,deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,-That whenever any government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government,”
      Please read the entire thing. Let’s get together and take back our rights and our country! The laws and law makers are out of control. Are you tired of being treated like you have no ability to think for yourself?
      Time for Revolution!!

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  34. Jesse

    Don’t preach to the choir, draft a bill!!

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    1. Sean

      obama isn’t going to legalize marijuana. He already stopped funding the the federal government for overiding state laws on marijuana, but he’s not going to straight up legalize it. How would that look? The first black president ever legalizing weeed.. It is now and should be up to the state.. That means that the fed isn’t going to bust medical patients anymo

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    2. Lou

      Jesse and RyanT, to draft a bill is not that easy. Do you think the people behind the scene would allow that? It’s up to us to change America. Read what Eileen Hackebill, below me, says.

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  35. RyanT

    Ok, you’ve restated the same arguments that have been made for the last 30+ years. Dr. Paul, you’re in congress, you’re in a position to actually create some of that change we were promised; can’t you do better than parroting back the sound logic we’ve already heard and come to agree with? The rhetoric is fine, but right now the anti-prohibition movement is flush with rhetoric and mostly void of action. Surely, a United States congressman is in a better position than Joe Blogger to change that.

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    1. SamFox

      Ryan T, what would you have Ron do? He has already gotten together with Barney Frank & done a bill. The rest of Congress seems to be listening to the Rx industry lobbyists as they failed to pass the bill.

      Ron speaks often about the attack on personal liberty being waged by the fed govt on many issues, not just drugs. He writes & sponsors legislation that is ignored by most of Congress. Too much lobby $$.

      If you want progress the way Ron outlines, we need to contact our own DC reps. Ron, as usual, is mostly alone up in DC when it comes to RE-legalizing the Constitution. Been that way for over 30 years. We need the other Congress peeps to stand with him. He can’t do much of anything by himself.

      Thanks!

      SamFox

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