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Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson: I Would Intensify The War On Drugs

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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 Comments

  1. Cannabis heals on

    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.

  2. Closet Warrior on

    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.

  3. Mr. Strong , with deep reapect an admiration im writting to you . You are determined and self assured. I can tell you are a loving person, I can tell you care. Its possible you are a religious person. So are many of us. We believe god made all plants that bearing seeds. He made everything,, he is the light
    And in the light we see the truth. And the truth shall set us free. Please go to
    SENSI SOCIAL READ, ENDOCANNABINOIDS , AND THE BRAIN
    STOP LOOKING TO ONE SOURCE FOR INFORMATION.
    You dont realize, the truth was in what you said. You know ppl who started w pot and ended with…… ive been using this plant a long time . Ive stop drinking alcohol, cig and many doctor prescribed medicines, that were far more destructive. I would so far to say as a person of color that comes from old school, I would never vote for a rep. Especially if he is black. The drug war is an attack on people, I dont advocate drugs either, Dr. ben carson, talks out of two sides of his face. I dont know why you like him so much. And no one thinks you are an enemy because you dont agree. We think your ignorant, because you dont know anything about canabis, medical or otherwise
    That is why so many ppl.are trying to reach you. If I offended, you im sorry, if you want to talk more learn more you can reach me at sensi social. You will need to sign up. Its free, people behave theselves when the webmaster knows who they are.

    There are articles, videos from DOCTORS, WHO HEAL PEOPLE FROM CANCER.
    Experts in many fields. The marinuana policy project. Norml. Medical journal
    Israel, canada, Portugal , united kingdom
    Are all researching, more and more.

    And if you came to a weed site to tell us how great dr carson is and to not smoke dope,
    Have a great life. Hope you or someone close toyou doesnt get sick. and need this medicine.
    People will abuse anything. In africa, ppl there are putting thier poop in jars, and sniffing it cause it causes halucinations, if weed is a gateway , so is milk, coffee, bananas, oregano, tyhme,

  4. Closet Warrior on

    Brother I’m not your enemy, big government and their propaganda is. Just listen to your language. Dr Ben says, Dr Ben says. Them preaching to you does you no good and you preaching wives tales to others to “pass it on” does them a disservice by lending a bias to their own thinking. All I have been trying to say these last few posts is that people really need to do research into the past to know the truth because people will lead you astray w/their agendas while the truth shall set you free. I encourage everyone to read, talk to others and have a little hands on as to become informed on any matter. I’m not going back and forth w/you to win an argument Reggie, I just happen to know that preaching belongs to the clergy and information belongs to we the people. Peace be upon you.

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