Oct 252015
 October 25, 2015

dr ben carson marijuana war on drugsRepublican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson States To Glenn Beck That He Is Still Against Marijuana Legalization

If you have read my little bio blurb at the bottom of my articles, then you are aware that I have a degree in public policy. I have always been interested in politics, and Presidential election year cycles are like the poly sci nerd Olympics to me. There is something about the campaign battle that gets me excited. Admittedly, I look at campaigns differently than most people because I don’t get as attached to candidates as easily as most people it seems.

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump has led in the polls for quite sometime. That make some people shocked, some people sad, and regardless of how I feel about Donald Trump as a person, I found it fascinating that he could hold the top position in GOP Presidential candidate polls for so long without throwing out too many actual policy positions. Those days may be numbered though, because all the recent polls I’ve seen shows retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in the lead.

Dr. Carson has never been elected to public office. Whenever there is someone new atop the polls, I think it’s very natural for cannabis consumers, reformers, and industry members to ask the obvious question, ‘How does the candidate feel about marijuana policy?’ That could also just as easily be the question of, ‘How does the candidate feel about the war on drugs?’ So how does Ben Carson feel about marijuana policy, and the larger war on drugs? To answer that question, I give you an excerpt from an interview that Dr. Carson did recently with conservative media member Glenn Beck, via The Atlantic:

Glenn Beck: Do you continue the War on Drugs?

Ben Carson: Absolutely.

Beck: You do?

Carson: I intensify it.

Beck: Let me ask you a question. I mean, it doesn’t seem to be working now.

Carson: Yeah, well, go down to the border in Arizona like I was a few weeks ago. I mean, it’s an open highway. And the federal government isn’t doing anything to stop it.

Beck: Okay. Legalize marijuana?

Carson: I disagree with it.

Poll after poll shows that a growing number of Americans want the drug war to be replaced with a public policy that isn’t such a failure. Americans feel that the war on drugs has been an absolute failure, and it doesn’t take much research to hammer home that point. The math is clear, the war on drugs has failed. The money that has been spent on the war on drugs has grown exponentially over time, yet consumption rates have remained the same. So why does Dr. Carson want to ‘intensify’ it?

Ben Carson has made many comments in the past about marijuana policy. The always hardworking activist Tom Angell wrote an article on Marijuana.Com that lists many of them, in addition to marijuana policy positions taken by the other candidates (some of which have dropped out since the article was published in April). Below are a couple of quotes pulled from that article. I strongly urge you to check out the whole article though, it’s the most comprehensive article on the internet in regards to the candidates and how they feel about marijuana:

Similarly, he told Fox News that, “I think medical use of marijuana in compassionate cases certainly has been proven to be useful.” But he went on to say that “marijuana is what’s known as a gateway drug. It tends to be a starter drug for people who move onto heavier duty drugs — sometimes legal, sometimes illegal — and I don’t think this is something that we really want for our society. You know, we’re gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity.”

Carson has also argued that marijuana use has long-term consequences. “We have known for a long time that people who engage in such activities can have flashbacks months and years after usage, that a lot of their abilities can be impaired at the time of use,” he told NewsMax TV. “So why would we throw into the mix something else that can impair people? We have enough impaired people already.”

Carson doesn’t think the federal government should let states implement legalization without interference. ”Regular exposure to marijuana in the developing brain has been demonstrated definitively to result in decreased IQ. And the last thing we need is a bunch of people running around with decreased IQ,” he said at a press conference in Denver.

On the off chance that Dr. Carson ever reads this article, I’d like to point out that even the person that coined the term ‘gateway drug’ doesn’t believe that marijuana is truly a gateway drug anymore. Her research says that nicotine, and not marijuana, is more of a gateway drug for youth. Also, on that whole ‘marijuana flashback thing,’ I have been consuming marijuana for a long time (over two decades), and I’ve posted well over 10,000 articles about marijuana on this blog in the last six years, and fielded who knows how many e-mails, and I’ve never heard of someone having a marijuana flashback. I would LOVE to see some evidence to back up what Dr. Carson is talking about. And finally, marijuana does not hurt people’s brains like Dr. Carson claims. For a GREAT article on that, click this link here.

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  94 Responses to “Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson: I Would Intensify The War On Drugs”

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    Dr. Carson will never get my vote!! I can’t believe what an idiot he is. I would never have wanted him to operate on me. Wonder if he ever did get an education or was just playing doctor.

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    I would like to volunteer for the ten year follow up study to the MARIJUANA FLASHBACK study…I am an educated person who would give data without bias…he must be privy to some dmt or thai weed…I have flashbacks but only in memory…the way it used to be….back in the day flash backs per se is a myth that was used to scare the poor down trodden hippies of the 60s………no such thing. I worked in state mental institutions usually with young people for 33 yrs. the age group who ‘partook in mind altering substances’ and never encountered someone wh (1) wasn’t in the books as having trouble with their mind before mind altering substances or (2) had flashbacks after mind altering substances but no prior mental health issues that would leave them incarcerated ….no weed addicts behaving like rabbits etc…sorry folks Dr. Carson is the ANTI-BOOGIE man paid for by BIGPHARMA…he got to be a presidential candidate with one hell of a bias…prison ,police officer unions, etc..they all benefit greatly from weed remaining illegal.

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      I’m with you Jim lets volunteer on these flashbacks. Sounds like he was having a flashback of his younger years. I bet he smoked. Jerk! I know who I’m not voting for.

  3.  

    Carson seemed to be intelligent till now

  4.  

    Be very afraid of Carson, violent tendencies and wants to continue a war on PEOPLE!

  5.  

    Carson everyones talking about how you suddenly went full retard! FREAKIN Chachi!!

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    Cannabis prohibition is based on government lies and racism

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    Carson wants to lock you up for your personal choices!! Carson OUT!!

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    I read that Dr. Carson’s specialty is hemispherectomy, or removal of one of the hemispheres of the brain. It is used as a treatment for severe epilepsy, based on the theory that removal of the half of the brain that contains the most seizures can cure the condition. However, the treatment has mixed results at best, with severe side effects.

    As it turns out, cannabidiol (CBD) has shown considerable promise as a treatment for intractable epilepsy. So in this case, all you need to do is follow the money to understand his position.

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    I know one thing. This very ignorant , and dishonest man won’t get my vote.
    Wake up America , elections are far and few between . Let’s get red of the bad politions.

  10.  

    This guy could be the poster boy alongside Nancy ragin fore D.A.R.E. Talk about your reefer madness!

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    Follow the money trial… There are many of the candidates are getting money from the prison guards union, private prison owners, and in his case big pharma ..these are the ones who benefit from the explosive prison population ! Apparently this candidate has no love, compassion or empathy as well as he failed to remember history, Prohibition NEVER works!

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    Yep take a whiff … He’s Old School, just ignore him … Seems as despicable as Trump, bottom line #feelthebern …

  13.  

    Its nice to see a republic candidate take a firm stand, even if it is wrong. After comments like these, watching Charlie Rose interview Bernie, and the reality that the issues we face as a nation are social in nature, I am feeling the Bern!

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    Seriously, Carson and Trump at the top of the polls? WTF has happened to the Republican party? How is it that the other candidates make Kasich look good?

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    After the Republican debate the other night I am doubtful any have a great chance of winning but who knows what’s up their sleeves for the next act. Notice how John Kasik dodged the only marijuana question. Random Paul didn’t sound too bad an Ben Carson lied straight through his teeth about not being affiliated w that medical supplement group.lol that guy is so slow it would take him 2 hours to warn 60 minutes.

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    Marijuana is a gateway drug. The gateway to a healthy nation. A healthy nation means more people at work. More people paying taxes. More people spending money. A stimulated economy.

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