Some may be surprised to even hear that pro cannabis republicans exist. The party has certainly made a lot of news lately with some seriously backward thinking ideas. It does seem like there are certainly a few voices of reason within the Republican Party however, and some of them may very well shock the system. As a matter of fact, this might be a great time to grab a buzz real quick. Go ahead. We’ll wait.
Okay. Ready? Now while the larger portion of Americans currently support the legalization of cannabis in some manner or another, it seems like we still have leadership that either doesn’t intend to listen to the voice of the American people, or we have something underhanded going on that makes the legalization of cannabis a detrimental issue to individuals who hold sway in our government. Whatever the true cause, it’s always important to evaluate both sides, all political parties, in search of any voices of reason.
Politicians Who Understand the War on Drugs is a Failure
Well, I was certainly surprised to see Rick Perry on this list. Considering how the war on drugs has incarcerated endless individuals in his state, and his lack of… doing a single thing about that. He seems to be on the pro cannabis republicans side of the fence.
“After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives.” Texas Governor, Rick Perry
From a man who brings us all sorts of crazy, with more crazy piled on, and usually with an extra serving of extra crazy on the side, comes something that makes sense. What happened here?
“I just believe that criminalizing marijuana – criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of, of pot and that kind of thing – I mean it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people! Young people go into prisons . . . as youths and they come out as hardened criminals. It’s not a good thing.” Evangelist Pat Robertson
Well Pat, while sheer survival instincts beg me not to accept anything you say as sensible, I guess I’m going to have to throw caution to the wind here and say Amen, brother! Preach it! Now stop, don’t say anything else. Get a nap, maybe?
Here again, while my brain screeches in the negative, shouting for me to back away, this libertarian-leaning Republican is making real sense.
“[Letting states legalize marijuana] would free federal law enforcement resources for the more urgent tasks of thwarting, apprehending, and prosecuting international terrorists or murderers … [A]s a matter of States’ rights, regulating marijuana and alcohol seem indistinguishable; and, alcohol policy has been entrusted to the States since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. – Grover Norquist – founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform and member of Council on Foreign Relations.
Read more about pro cannabis Republicans here at MPP.org