Ron Paul: End Marijuana Prohibition Now!

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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.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=pheelmikehawk pheelmikehawk

    Everyone vote for this man! I havent heard him say 1 thing ive disagreed with for real.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Patriol666 Patriol666

    it’s an issue of health care and personal freedom. the police should imprison real criminals!

    »crosslinked«

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Rebel4evermore Rebel4evermore

    24 pigs

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=OnTheLambda OnTheLambda

    How many Americans would Newt Gingrich have given the death penalty for being pot smokers ? Let me guess , 200 million dead Americans , including former President Bill Clinton ?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Thirty37Seven Thirty37Seven

    Nate and Nick Diaz – very successful UFC fighters with awesome cardio! – Michael Phelps – best fucking swimmer in the world! – Carl Sagan – Brilliant scientist! ALL smoked Weed!!!

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    i wish i could vote…

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    one day…

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BIGTOK3 BIGTOK3

    LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!!! Good job Ron Paul!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=santaSWAG1 santaSWAG1

    24 ppl should smoke

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=treall22 treall22

    they should make it legal it does not harm you like cigerits or other drug if you have cancer like my aunt cant hold down food and help gets read of colds but canibas you can use it for good

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Thirty37Seven Thirty37Seven

    2,929 Likes vs 24 Dislikes

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  • http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-06-23/ron-paul-end-marijuana-prohibition-now/ lickme97

    if they legalize weed that means companies are going try fuck it up with chemicals like they did with most food, then we’ll start gettin sick and then die.
    bcuz americans takes something thats already good and fucks it up!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=thechoosen1al thechoosen1al

    legalizing marijuana is the stupidest thing they can, things will get worse

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LeetSheep LeetSheep

    Hell fucking yes.

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    Fuckin A, Ron Paul… fuckin a :)

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    motherfucker better win

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    Vote Ron Paul.

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    god i love this guy everything he says is so true

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=pmegyerdi pmegyerdi

    god i love this guy everything he says is so true

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Thirty37Seven Thirty37Seven

    Hope this guy wins!

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