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.

  • there is one problem for all us stoners who want to vote, WE ARE ALL WAY TOO LAZY TO VOTE.

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  • Well, now I finally have decided who to vote for..

  • anonia

    i didnt read or watch the video but is he trying to get weed legalized ? 🙂

  • And another dumbass that wishes there were no laws

  • typicalcitizen

    This is great! Go Ron Paul.. You have my vote! I am an average everyday hard working person who does not abuse drugs. However, I do believe in freedom of choice and I feel as though there would be a lot less drug use in America if it were not so forbidden. There are people who need marijuana regardless of what any others dispute. Our country would greatly benefit from allowing the states to regulate marijuana as they choose… It will end the long dispute over whether the feds can bust people in legal states! Also… before you decide to write something nasty as a response.. think to yourself.. Do you know anyone who has actually killed someone or came close to it due to being under the influence of marijuana? Then think to yourself if you have ever seen someone stumble, puke or pass out in the street from marijuana? THEN think of the same situations about alcohol which is perfectly legal. . .

  • You know damn well that this mo fucka is an old toker 😉 RON PAUL FOR 2012.

  • Obama kinda said the same thing and look at us. i believe that all government officials are puppets if he is a man of his word then i dont have a reason not to vote for him

  • I’m so voting for this guy, not just because of his stand on marijuana, but because of his promotion of small government, and stupendous love for the constitution. This man will win. He better win. HE. NEEDS. TO. WIN.

  • Geo321

    ASOD2010 is the only dumbass I see. I mean you can’t even spell properly. Your grammar is garbage! You are a TROLL and obviously know nothing about how marijuana affects individuals and how beneficial it can be to numerous types of people. Theres no way its addictive, in fact there are numerous people including myself that have used it for consecutive years and quit without any cravings. To each its own, so quit being a troll and trying to downgrade everyone on here for their opinion. To much alcohol makes people aggressive, say hurtful things, lazy, impaires vision, gives you whiskey dick, have a hangover and waste their chances at doing anything productive the following day. Oh and rots your liver. Marijuana increases your vision efficiency, makes you laugh, relax and relieves stress, betters your sex life, increases appetite, increases metabolism, and gives people a more positive outlook on life.

  • I really hope he wins the election

  • Carl Sagan smoked weed!

  • Joker21playr

    This is hard for some people to accept: Marijuana exists. Prohibiting does not make a fairy come and make anything disappear. It does not work. If it did, I would be 120% to prohibit alcohol, cigarettes, and the using hemp as a drug. One of the best examples people don’t look at seriously is the alcohol prohibition back in the day. It stopped NOBODY that drank to keep buying it. If stores weren’t going to sell it someone had to. That’s where the people like Al Capone sold it illegally. Anything that tried to stop this organization just lead to crime and deaths. This is EXACTLY whats happening to marijuana today. Its becoming more widely used by many Americans for their born given right to pursuit of happiness and it doesn’t even harm a single soul. Anyone saying any argue about addiction is crazy. Coffee, fast-food, video games, alcohol, CIGARETTES, and almost anything out there has the chance to be addictive. People that say its a gateway drug have no idea what they are talking about. You can say you started out on water, then moved on to artificially flavored juice, then moved onto soda, then finally to alcoholic drinks. Wouldn’t this mean that something like Water is a gateway DRINK? There is nothing in marijuana that makes you go, “You must now do hard drugs, I command you.” That is purely free will. Anyway the government could give a shit what Americans do to their bodies or many things like tobacco companies would not be here; Money is their main concern. Hemp is so useful its scary how many things it can be used to do. which is why I think it makes them give out so much negative propaganda about it.

    I do not approve to smoke marijuana because anything that tinkers with your body in a good or bad way IS a drug (alcohol+tobacco). But if you choose to use it, It is your own choice and I see no harm to others so why not? It should defiantly be allowed to be sold and a regulated responsibly. How easy it is for young teens to get their hands on it without an age limit is absolutely ridiculous. Developing minds+drugs is how addictions and over-use happens. Once they mature to adulthood, They can decide more responsibly and could be a possibility if it was legalized and regulated.

    Stop the spending for the War on Drugs! Legalizing cannabis will not fix the economy, but it will definitely improve it.

  • Well when dumbass pot smokers respond i have to answer there questions. Yea it wont be legal because the government is smart

    • Eden

      The government is smart? Over 15 billion in debt, ha, real smart. An educational system where 32% of teenagers don’t graduate, real unemployment at nearly 20%, foreclosure rates at all time highs…this is smart? You, sir, are an idiot. Research from around the globe proving cannabis CURES cancer, and our government classifying it as having no medicinal value (in spite of their hypocritcal patent on synthetic THC) is not smart, it’s barbaric and cruel.

  • lol its just weed. why is everyone so worked up? people base their entire lives around this shit, and its truly sad. smoking weed everyday to the point of not functioning is just like alcoholism. legalize weed so everyone will shut the fuck up and stop worshiping it, i’m tired of hearing people brag about doing something that EVERYONE does. if you celebrate 420, or have any cannabis/weed related sn’s, license plates, or t-shirts, you should be ashamed for acting like you are 6 years old.

  • People dont understand if its legal it will be more expensive, youll be able to get a DUI from it and also if your an 18 year old with a club card you wont be able to purchase it until you are 21. Dont legalize cannabis.

  • 2886-24

    Results speek forthemselves

  • The fact that its worthless garbage

  • Ron Paul, the liberated republican =]