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September 9, 2012

VP candidate Paul Ryan says states should have right to legalize medical marijuana

As reported in this AP article, "Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says the federal government shouldn’t interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana." Here is more:

The Wisconsin congressman tells KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs that he personally doesn’t approve of medical marijuana laws. But he says that states should have the right to choose whether to legalize the drug for medical purposes.

In response to a reporter’s question, Ryan said: “It’s up to Coloradans to decide.” The interview was taped while Ryan campaigned this week in Colorado Springs and aired Friday.

I wonder if (when?) GOP Prez candidate Mitt Romney will echo this position as this issue continues to arise in swing state Colorado.

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Because people do not change after 30, one will have to wait until this hierarchy's generation passes away for substantive change to take place. That is yet another reason to periodically arrest, try, and execute the entire lawyer hierarchy. Faster progress.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 9, 2012 1:25:21 AM

Until there is a mechanism for regulating drug production from growth to delivery to end user, legality must be conducted in a very careful manner. In addition, when the laws are passed, careful monitoring must be done with finding out who the original legal producers of the drugs will be, keeping in mind that the current illegal distribution sources are controlled by terrorists and murderers. They should be kept completely out of this loop, especially from the initial lobbying and bill financial support level.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Sep 9, 2012 2:08:16 PM

Just regulate marijuana like alcohol. Sounds reasonable to me, but Ryan said it should be up to the states. That's a perfectly logical conservative opinion. The problem is that Congress has placed it on the controlled substance list category I. This is a conflict that can't be reconciled without Congress acting.

Posted by: beth | Sep 9, 2012 2:17:05 PM

they backpedalled this about 5 minutes later.

Posted by: Ala JD | Sep 11, 2012 12:26:02 PM

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