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.

  • Nothing wrong with smoking weed!!!

  • Carl Sagan smoked weed. That guy was smarter than anybody on this comment thread! Accomplished more than anybody here in FACT! There is Nothing wrong with smoking weed!!!! Only Retards that listen to propaganda will argue otherwise. Even though they have no argument. Ron Paul 2012! A doctor and a very smart guy!


    • matthew coomer

      Carl Sagen was fucking awesome! So is Ron Paul! So is Marijuana! So many awesome things!!!!!!!!!!!

  • How naive are people? Cannabis not addictive? Go and ask a Doctor e.g. somebody who knows. Cannabis is an immensly destructive drug. I’m in a better position to know that than almost every single person reading this.

  • bull shit.

  • Weed makes you stupid. FACT.

  • reading these youtube comments makes us young people look like idiots who care nothing more than to smoke weed. our future is doomed.

  • if you care so much about the issue of marijuana, you’re clearly a pothead. and whether or not it’s legalized, you’ll find a fucking way to smoke it, so don’t please don’t elect a racist homophobe to be our president, young idiots of america.

    • matt

      I appreciate your concern, but if he is against gay marriage, and imposes his views on us, that is when I have a problem, I would rather deal with anti-gay crap for just another presidential term, but not eternity.

  • YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!

  • Nate and Nick Diaz – Both very successful mma fighters. Michael Phelps – The best swimmer in the world. Carl Sagan – Brilliant scientist and advocate of marijuana. All Smoked Weed! There is nothing wrong with wanting to smoke weed for recreation!!! There is also NO logical argument for marijuana prohibition. Only Lies coming from the Anti-group. 2974 Likes vs 24 Dislikes says it all

  • Pot will never be legal because the police departments are allowed to keep the money they collect from drug busts… the money adds up to hundreds and thousands of dollars. The police have no interest in making pot legal or putting a stop to illegal dug activity because their departments depend on this money now. This isn’t about if pot is bad for you vs alcohol this is about government greed.

    • matt

      that really is a sad truth, if you run a marijuana dispensary, and its a trusted one, I will gladly argue for your freedom on the witness stand, if you are a drug dealer, I would not, you might put questionable stuff in it, but for simple use/possession, I will advocate for your freedom. use and possession, I could care less. I’m not a police officer, but the violence is caused by the laws, very much the same with Al Copone and the 18th amendment.

  • OH .. OF COURSE .. it’s GODS GRACE that he is has been recovering addict for 16 years .. get a fucking life …

  • Wow! Only provoking these idiots and giving them an incentive to smoke. It’s an excuse for a pothead to say, “oh it’s good for medical use.” Yes, for MEDICAL USE!!! People who smoke marijuana for fun will just take advantage. Go out to the polls for a real cause

  • Everyone says they’re voting SO PLEASE!! DON’T BLOW IT, GO AND VOTE! TAKE A FRIEND!! JUST DON’T FORGET TO DO IT!!!!!!

  • Guess who I’m voting for ;D

  • huh, i guess im voting republican this year. that was easy.

  • say good bye to Obama. hello Ron Paul! he has my vote

  • Hes 100% right. My baby cousin smokes and shes only 17. She told me she gets it from kids right in her school, but alcohol is hard to get.

  • I like how ron paul believes in the hemp industry. fucking awesome.

  • marijuana death toll is still 0. Alcohol kills every minute.Soo all you people that like your beer, but rag on weed smokers are hypocrites. Alcohol is poison.Marijuana is medicine.

  • Ron Paul goes hard. He needs to be president fuck all tha other canidates