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.

1,733 Comments:

  1. I have to agree with realskater126. I had a friend that was sent to rehab for a year and a half for smoking weed. But yet i new his mom. And she took 3 xanax’s and drank a bottle of wine everyday before she went to sleep for about the last 10 years of her life. She is now physically and mentally dependable on it. My friend got out of rehab, starting smoking for a couple years and decided to quit. So he did. He was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and cant even get any “medicine” to help him.

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  2. From recently watching a debate and doing research it shows that 3/4 of americans are for legalization. Multiple topics have been brought up for president barak obama and legaliztion was the main topic. As much as i want it to happen and almost the rest of the country. Im afraid our country has no say in this one. What i dont understand is that when they illegalized alcahol back then our whole country damn near went to war with the government. And now we sit back and watch the economy die.

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  3. No dummy. Drugs, weed, cocaine, heroine, opium. And yea drugs are for faggots like you

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  4. What? Drugs are for faggots? You take drugs on a daily basis to help many things that you need and they’re all worse for you than marijuana. You can’t even overdose on marijuana! Open your eyes man its people like you that make America more an more degrading. Think outside the box. I guess you don’t like Ron Paul because he probably make to much sense for you.

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  5. Oh man… I’m guessing you work a blue collar job, and judging by your lack of understanding other perspectives, you’re far past the age of 25. I would imagine you never attended college, as you would probably share some kind of humanly mutual respect that comes with educational maturity, which you obviously lack. I’d say you’re more pissed off at your own life more than anything, so now you take it out here on Youtube videos. Maybe if you opened your eyes a little, you wouldn’t be so miserable.

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  6. I am a real man. If I was a bitch I would do drugs. You can’t fight me. You can’t win as long as Your on the side of drugs. It is a faggot plant. It’s worthless and for faggots.

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  7. Again, avoiding the topic at hand, and ranting about something else… Take your own advice, “Be a real man, not a bitch” and confront the topic, not your own twisted view of things. Nobody asked you whether he was still in the race or not; I honestly don’t like him. I think he’s using this as a tactic to draw in young voters. By the way, you use grammar like a 12 year old boy. “Faggot Plant”? Really? I didn’t think ignorance still existed to your degree, but it obviously does.

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  8. As long as you are on the side of drugs your coments are irrelivant. They won’t be legal so just shut up. You’re wrong and that’s final. Be a real man and not a bitch. It’s funny how people think he’s still in the election. Maybe if you werent on drugs you would understand that his politics suck and he’s out of the election because he likes a faggot plant.

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  9. I’m not gay… but I’ve never felt a love like this before… Ron Paul 2012

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  10. The USDA reported in 1916 that an acre of hemp produced as much paper as four acres of trees annually , yet 70% of American forest have been destroyed since 1916……

    we need trees for oxygen cuz without oxygen we cant create the flames to light our blunts, bowls, joints, bongs, hookas, steamrollers…..

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  11. I do drugs, yes. That still doesn’t make my comment irrelevant, and I have yet to see you post anything factual, and based on truth. I’m sure I’m doing much more with my life than you could even fathom, so your comment about drug users being a waste of life is irrelevant (by using your logic anyway). Ha, you know, it’s funny. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both used LSD and Marijuana, yet you sit behind your computer criticizing drug users for being ‘useless’. You are such a hypocrite…

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  12. Legalize pot? SHIT! VOTE FOR RON PAUL 2012!

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  13. Hah yeah I’m ignorant for not doing drugs and harming my body ok. Yeah I’m not ignorant it’s you. And people like me make a difference. We put criminals away where they belong. Wanna use narcotics? Enjoy your cell. That’s how thing work in my town. Anti-drugs here. Best city in the US

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  14. It’s not trolling if your right so your the cunt now because everything I said was right. So shut it stupid druggie cunt

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  15. Shut the fuck up you little troll cunt.

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  16. Yes weed isn’t a medicine. It makes you high and that isn’t healthy. If weed disappeared then nothing would happen. Just a bunch of little bitches would have to work and stop being lazy fucks

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  17. They are worthless drugs. Weed is for losers. People that use it think they’re the shit but really they’re just little bitches. You can’t win. You can’t proove me wrong as long as you are on the side of narcotics

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  18. I mean no disrespect, but marijuana was even used as a medicine for millenia. And until now (if you’re over 21) I have seen no adverse effects. There are legal drugs out there that can cause headaches, nausea, and depression. And for all i know, all marijuana does is relax the body, reduce pain, and make you hungry. So in conclusion, I would like to say that I am just researching the unbiased truth about the plant and I’m only 12! I’m not saying I’ll do it, but I am saying it should be a choice

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  19. And Opium you say
    Where do you think morphine, Codine come from.

    They are very addictive and damaging to your health.
    yet legal.

    Have you got any evidence to back up your storys on how weed is not a medicine?
    but ive got loads to suggest otherwise.

    from scientific studys and reports.
    to first hand experience.

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  20. I hate alcohol and tobacco too. But there is always that kid that thinks they’re the shit because the can smoke weed. It’s disgusting. Doing drugs just makes you stupid and lazy. Weed Is a drug not a medicine. I’m not talking about medicine when I say drugs. I’m talking about weed, heroin, opium, cocaine and all those narcotics

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