Ron Paul: End Marijuana Prohibition Now!


Larry Kudlow: This story coming out of Washington has lit up Twitter and Facebook. Congressman Ron Paul and Barney Frank will be introducing a bill to end marijuana prohibition. A short time ago, Texas Republican Ron Paul spoke with me about exactly what he’s advocating. Take a listen.

Ron Paul: Well, removing it 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.

Larry Kudlow: Alright, let the states regulate, yes, I agree with that, that’s a free market position, it’s a 10th Amendment position. Mr. Paul, in one of the debates, though, you came out for the legalization of marijuana and heroin. Is that still your view?

Ron Paul: Well, you know, I’ve never used the word heroine in my life when I talked about legalizing freedom of choice. And that one, too, was once legal and I concluded that argument and they sort of got the point when I said when they were making a big deal, your freedom philosophy means somebody could use heroine. I said, “You know, if tomorrow we legalize, how many of you in this audience would you heroine? Of course, nobody would.” So it’s a moot point, it’s how you regulate things and whether or not this trillion dollars we spend on the war on drugs … really since the early 1970s, the modern day war on drugs started with Richard Nixon and it’s a catastrophe, just as the prohibition was a catastrophe. So yes, they’re regulations for children and the way the states want to handle it. But, you know, it’s sort of like saying, “I believe in the first amendment”, and they say, “Oh, that means you’re pro-pornography”, or something like that. It’s ridiculous. Permitting something to happen does not mean that you authorize it or endorse it, it’s not an endorsement of what people do.

Larry Kudlow: Do you worry, sir? I mean, look, I’m recovering alcoholic and drug abuser. I’m coming after 16 years, with God’s grace. Do you worry, sir, that this opens the door to more drug use, sets the wrong example, sends the wrong single? It’s an honest question on my part, do you ever worry about that? You yourself are a doctor..

Ron Paul: No, because I think it’s much worse because kids today have an easier time finding marijuana than they can alcohol. And how many cases of drug addiction were prevented by the laws? Do the laws really do it? Would putting you in prison for about 5 years, do you think that would have helped you? Would that have cured you? No, this is a medical problem, it’s not a legal problem. You shouldn’t be a criminal because you have a problem with drugs. So I just don’t think putting you in prison would have been helpful at all.

Larry Kudlow: Alright, well, I did it through a faith-based self help program, but I appreciate your point of view.

Ron Paul: The market, Larry, that’s the market way of taking care of a problem.

Larry Kudlow: I guess I do. I want to agree with you on why the states should have the jurisdiction on this and so many other things. I think that’s exactly the right position.

Ron Paul: We should be very consistent.

Larry Kudlow: I got to go. Congressman Paul, you’re terrific for helping us out tonight, I appreciate it.

Ron Paul: Alright.

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  • I love how even if this guy gets elected it will never be legal

  • What do u mean were do we find it people grow it in the USA dumb bitch it all over YouTube remember its a plant you can grow it shit head

  • Idc about fast food. We already have enough bad shit legal in this country. We dont need narcotics to be legal too

  • to bad romney is winning 🙁

  • ….my kinda nigga.

  • i am from holland where you can buy marijuana in coffeeshops
    i am FREE to smoke it, WHY do you americans let the corrupt goverment put you in JAIL for this innocent plant??? we would absolutely fight a law that can put you in jail for smoking pot, this is MORE HARMFUL for the people than smoking pot itself. look at the facts…..
    VOTE FOR RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2012 if you americans really want to feel FREE
    peace and love to the world

  • The only reason why marijuana still illegal is cuz the alcohol, the paper, and the pharmaceutical companies will lose a shitload of money so they keep paying these politicians to keep it illegal. Marijuana is not a ” recreational party drug,” it is a medicinal herb. Hemp (the male plant) can be made into paper, its cheap and easy to make, so no cutting down trees and hemp seeds are very nutritious. Keeping it illegal is just pure stupidity.

  • something you lack. May you have a wonderful and ponderous night, I need to write another paper and I will probably be high while writing this one as well. If i don’t have time to smoke some weed before hand, I really can’t care. Why? because I am not dependent on pot… only intellect. I hope you learn something while digging for evidence, I know I did.

  • From any standpoint, whether it be the increased revenue to farmers, increased revenue from excise taxes on marijuana sales (this money I would love to see be used on education), decreasing traffic violence (border and local)… etc, decriminalizing marijuana for safe consumption seems completely logical. So bring on the propaganda based on misled doubt and fear. I will be ready. I’m not saying you or anyone else should smoke weed, but they should have warrant for their beliefs, which is

  • Plant The Seed, Free The Weed!

  • go ron paul!!!!

  • I cant believe that im listening to this. …. I thought there was no hope in politics anymore….listening to this is like a dream

  • I enjoy smoking marijuana. I’m not addicted to it or anything like that, but yeah I like it, therefore I want it to be legalized. But uh, Having a “drug problem” is not a “medical problem”

  • good that would be great!!!

  • you know this guy smoked back in the day

  • genius

  • The most the government will do for marijuana is allow it for cancer patients in the hospital only

  • Everything in moderation.
    You take enough advil or mickey ds, ur bound to hurt yourself somehow, same applies to weed. With marijuana legal, you can also make hemp, one of the strongest fibers, create jobs, help economy. Besides Marijuana will be regulated by the government just like how alcohol is. Btw i think alcohol is more dangerous if abused :p