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August 5, 2015

Shouldn't front-runner Donald Trump be asked about drug war and federal marijuana policies at GOP debate?

Now that all the GOP polls show a significant number of Republican voters are taking Donald Trump's candidacy seriously, I think it would be especially valuable at tomorrow's big GOP debate for candidate Trump to be asked some seriously hard questions about federal laws and policies.  Back in June, I had this pose on my marijuana reform blog highlighting that Trump had once suggested full legalization would be the only way to "win" the drug war, and I wondered aloud "Just what is Donald Trump's position now on modern marijuana reforms (and the modern drug war)?".  Especially now that Trump is, according to the polls, the GOP front-runner, I think this would be an especially good issue to bring up with him.

Notably, a few media outlets have just recently picked up on Trump's not-so-clear and not-at-all-consistent statements about federal drug policy:

As I have explained in a few prior posts both here and at Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform (some of which I have linked below), I think there are lots of good reasons to ask all the GOP candidates lots of good questions about lots of different criminal justice reform issues. But, especially in light of Trump's prior comments and what at times seems to be his libertarian-leaning, less-government-regulation, pro-jobs economic messaging, I would be especially interested now to hear what he thinks about some of the positive economic development news emerging from Colorado and other jurisdictions in conjunction libertarian-leaning, less-government-regulation marijuana and related drug war reforms.

A few recent related posts:

August 5, 2015 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

Comments

Absolutely. But I think hes so full of BS and himself it has no merrit.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Aug 5, 2015 7:41:45 PM

[music]
He's a Trump, he's a Trump.
He's a Chump all the way.
From his first cigarette
to his last dying day.

Give him this day
His first snort of coke.
The Koch Brothers will chort and
The Trump will be broke.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Aug 6, 2015 1:23:17 PM

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