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.

  • I’m not Mormon. I’m catholic, and African-European. Yeah it’s possible to be black and white and I know for a fact the weed isnt healthy. If it’s not addictive then why don’t you stop using it? Because you can’t. You need it because you’re addicted to it. Drugs like weed make you weak. You are a loser for even trying it. You can’t prove me wrong on that one. Or anything else

  • Wow, you said absolutely nothing toward the cases that I’ve made. It seems as if your bullshitting well has run dry, and you’re left with nothing else to say other than “it’s bad and stupid”. You have no legitimate argument to make here, so why don’t you just take your sorry ass down to the polls in November and vote for your Mormon asshole candidate; the rest of us here will be high, happy, and living productive lives much unlike yourself.

    Crawl back under the bridge you came from, TROLL.

  • You act like weed has nothing bad about it. People get high with weed and they are too stupid to realize what’s going on and they get killed

  • Alcohol: Thousands of deaths a year..increases anger and rage

    Tobacco: Promotes hundreds of diseases, kills thousands every day

    Prescription/over the counter pills: Death, Suicidal thoughts, Aggression, Erectile Dysfunction, Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Drowsiness, Coma, Headache, Insomnia, Weight loss, Tremors, Vomiting.

    Marijuana: 0 Deaths, Euphoria, Hunger, Tired, Jail sentence

  • Then if weed isn’t addictive why dont people stop? Oh yeah they can’t. Just shut up. I’m right you’re wrong it’ll never be legal there’s nothing more

  • I would never want to be a human meatshield for a foreign war we don’t belong in, so you can keep your horrible job. I’ll continue to keep prescribing all of your friends the Antipsychotics they’ll need because of PTSD. I’m sure you support those drugs though, right? There is a thing called ‘self medication’ and if you’ve served in the military, I’m sure you’ve seen it yourself. Ha, you ‘warriors’ and your bigotry; gets me laughing everytime.

  • i dont think your helping your cause by using terms like “faggot” and “loser” to prove that your educated in a subject. It just proves that you are judgmental and close minded. Maybe if you actually took 10 minutes to research the topic you are discussing, you wouldnt be trying to convince people by quoting every instance of propaganda that the government feeds to society.

  • And your arguing with a recon marine. If you ever want to get that job you’ll realize that youre wrong. It is addictive. If it isn’t addictive then why don’t people stop to prove it? Oh yeah they’re addicted. If you support narcotics you belong in jail

  • Actually, it isn’t even shown to be physically addictive; I’ll tell you that you’re arguing with a future psychiatrist, so I have much experience in the realm of Drug policy, Addictiveness, and Safety. Try telling me that I’m ill informed when all of my statements are based on fact and your’s on ignorance… Where do you think medicine comes from by the way; from ‘the invisible man in the sky’ that you call God? Have fun taking tylenol/Ibuprofen and getting liver damage; I’ll keep smoking weed.

  • You are the I’ll informed one. Weed is an addictive drug. It’s not a medicine. Only losers use it. You are a weak person for even liking it

  • Eaaaaaah

    So much ignorance here its amazing. I support legalization. That is all.

  • You sound ignorant, nothing is wrong with weed. Its a harmless unaddictive plant, and we’re wasting our time, money, and effort fighting this “war” that shouldn’t exist. On another note, you don’t have to call people stupid for what they beleive in. I for one refuse to beleive in a man dieing and coming back to life 3 days later 2012 years ago. Weed isn’t for losers, spending all your time bashing it is.


  • Cocaine grows naturally. Look it up so f
    Does heroine. Weed is a narcotic, worthless drug for losers. And not a medicine. Food isn’t a drug it’s food retard. And God is real. Don’t be stupid

  • So by your definition, caffiene and nicotine are narcotics too? That is not what classifies a narcotic; a narcotic is a drug that is “totally prohibited, or in strict violation of governmental law”. I don’t know where you live, but here in New York, marijuana possession has been decriminalized to misdemeanor status; or in other words: The equivalent of a parking ticket. That doesn’t sounds like total prohibition to me, so it STILL is NOT a narcotic. Research it yourself.

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  • Ozzy is clean now. But it is a narcotic. If it makes you high and it’s a drug it’s a narcotic just like cocaine and heroine

  • It still isn’t a narcotic. You should probably read a book or scientific study, because your stupidity is getting the best of you. Again, explain how do you listen to Ozzy Osbourne, and support musicians, programmers, and politicians that use drugs? How can you honestly judge people for drug usage/support when you’re throwing money into the pockets of drug users every day?! Are you just THAT blind as to not see that you’re contradicting yourself? Jesus Christ, wake the fuck up!

  • What about alcohol? You forgot to list alcohol.

  • Its a narcotic and that’s why no one wants it legal. Only druggies want it. But it’ll never happen

  • It’s funny, because those 4 substances have helped build our country’s economy since the early 1600’s right up into this very day. You should probably just stop talking, as everyone here disagrees with your asinine opinions. You’re only digging yourself a deeper hole.