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November 23, 2011

GOP candidate Ron Paul assails Obama pot policy and garners applause calling federal drug war "a total failure"

This Huffington Post piece provide a clip of Ron Paul in fine form at Tuesday's GOP debate assailing federal drug policy, and notes these trenchant points from a candidate who really sticks to his guns when discussing freedom and liberty:

"I think the federal war on drugs is a total failure," said Paul to hearty applause from the audience.  "The drug war is out of control," he added.  "I fear the drug war, because it undermines our civil liberties, it magnifies our problems on the borders -- we spent like over the last 40 years a trillion dollars on this war and, believe me, the kids can still get the drugs. It just hasn't worked."

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The alternative at the moment would most likely be a system that still involves the federal government regulating drugs and drug treatment in ways that Paul probably find unsuitable, including the PPACA health law that would in part address those with health problems arising from drug use.

I do respect Paul for being consistent on this issue though some supporters don't want to look at the man as a whole, who comes off as a much less ideal choice for President. But, again, on certain issues, he puts forth an important voice.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 23, 2011 11:15:01 AM

On this one, i agree with Paul: Treat drugs like alcohol and cagarettes: regulate, control, and tax. The "WAR" has cost a fortune and gained us nothing except a burgeoning prison population. Cigarettes and alcohol have killed and maimed far more people than drugs ever have. Federalist, what do you say? Did we not learn from Prohibition? Just watch "Boardwalk Empire" on HBO.

Federalist, what do you say?

Posted by: Bubba from Texas | Nov 23, 2011 2:11:27 PM

"The alternative at the moment would most likely be a system that still involves the federal government regulating drugs and drug treatment in ways that Paul probably find unsuitable, including the PPACA health law that would in part address those with health problems arising from drug use.'


Like cigarettes and alcohol? Do you have a problem with regulating and taxing them? If not, why not same with marijuana.

Posted by: anon4 | Nov 23, 2011 2:31:41 PM

anon4, I was citing what I suppose PAUL would oppose, not I. I support those things and support the legalization of marijuana ala cigarettes & alcohol.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 23, 2011 4:55:43 PM

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