Candidates should answer marijuana questions

January 11, 2012

As Mitt Romney continues to dodge questions about whether he supports the legalization of marijuana - or even medical marijuana - those concerned about the fairness and equality in laws for American citizens are getting more aggressive with their questions, and their exposure of the beliefs held by political candidates.  While I doubt that a candidates position on marijuana laws will cast the deciding vote in this year's election, the issue deserves an open debate on the legitimacy of the United State's stand on marijuana laws. 

The United States has incarcerated thousands of people for violation of the marijuana laws, and spent billions on investigating and arresting US citizens for such violations.  Yet, the only thing we can positively prove about our marijuana laws is that we have lost good citizens by sweeping productive members of our society up in the War on Drugs, and have enriched scores of foreign cartels known to violently protect their product and cash flow.

It is inconceivable that none of the countless policy makers and bureaucrats in Washington have stepped back to realize that the battle they wage against medical patients and others every day has a detrimental effect on people who are not harming anyone else.  One argument that such policy makers often make is that by purchasing marijuana US citizens are providing money to the cartels so they can buy more weapons and do more violence.  Wouldn't a simple solution be to simply legalize it and then let the free market remove the profit base from the cartels? 

Our policy on marijuana in the US should change.  But, it won't change unless we have more people asking our candidates for any executive or legislative office what their position is on marijuana laws.  The link above contains a video that is worthy of watching.  Remember that if you are going to ask candidates questions they deserve your respect regardless of their position.  Degrading or demeaning the candidates will not win them to your side.  And, if they get elected, you will have given them another reason to resist the change you wish to see. 

If you ask a candidate questions about their position on marijuana, make sure they answer the question.  Mitt Romney avoided the question with a bunch of circular speech.  Document that with video and post it for everyone else to see.  In this way you will help inform other voters sympathetic to your cause.  Good luck, and send us your video, we'd be happy to share it for you!