Sep 282011
 

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Medical Marijuana, Rick Santorum, And Rick Perry

By Phillip Smith

With the contest for the Republican presidential nomination now in full swing, the candidates are looking for any issue on which to attack their competitors. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum thinks that in medical marijuana he has found an issue with which to lay into arguable front-runner Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Santorum is attacking Perry for the latter’s states’ rights approach to medical marijuana, a stance the Texas governor articulated in his book Fed Up! and which his spokesman reaffirmed this week to the Washington Post. In Fed Up!, Perry wrote that while he opposed marijuana legalization, he supported the right of states like California to legalize it themselves.

“When the federal government oversteps its authority, states should tell Washington they will not be complicit in enforcing laws with which they do not agree,” he wrote. “Again, the best example is an issue I don’t even agree with–the partial legalization of marijuana. Californians clearly want some level of legalized marijuana, be it for medicinal use or otherwise. The federal government is telling them they cannot. But states are not bound to enforce federal law, and the federal government cannot commandeer state resources and require them to enforce it.”

That wasn’t the only reference to marijuana and state rights in the book. “If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don’t come to Texas,” Perry wrote. “If you don’t like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don’t move to California.”

Queried this week by the Post about the passages, Perry spokesman Mark Miner reaffirmed Perry’s position. “While the governor is personally opposed to legalizing the use of medical marijuana, if states want to allow doctor prescribed medical marijuana, it seems to him that under the 10th Amendment, they have the right to do so.”

That was something Santorum, who is struggling to break into the front ranks, thought he could sink his teeth into. “Gov. Perry was quite clear too in his recently published book, that the definition of marriage should be left up to 50 different state interpretations,” a Santorum spokesman told the Post. “It’s certainly Gov. Perry right to believe marriage can be redefined at the state level, that marijuana can be legalized and that tax dollars should be used to give illegal aliens special college tuition rates, but that’s completely out of touch with what most Americans believe.”

But on medical marijuana, at least, it is Santorum who is out of touch. National polls on medical marijuana in the past decade show support levels of above 60% in every poll, and up into the 80% zone in some polls.

Two other Republican contenders, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, also support medical marijuana. But Perry’s is the most prominent voice in the pack to adopt a favorable position on the issue.

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About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Digg and feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • x1134x

    For this ONE reason I would vote for Perry over Romney. Although Obama would still be better than Perry on this ONE issue. The BEST would be Ron Paul. He’d dismantle the unconstitutional federal agencies like the DEA that is no where mentioned in the constitution and that the federal government is PROHIBITED from engaging in by the 10th amendment.

    • http://cannabuds.mobi hempaz

      You would vote for O’bama over Perry given O’bama’s complete capitulation to Big Pharma and the Prison-industrial complex in America by raiding perfectly legitimate state approved Med Mj co-ops. Makes me want to go right out and start a cannabis dispensary! When Nov 2012 comes along, and we then have complete clarification on Gov Perry’s stand for or against Med Mj at the state level, I think we will find the vast majority of the 30 millions Americans that make of the Cannabis Culture of America voting NOT for President O’bama, but FOR Gov Rick Perry. President O’bama, your abject mishandling of the many state initiatives FOR Med Mj are going to get you toss’d from the White House more so that over any other standard issue of debate, no matter how many terrorists you continue to kill going into November of 2012!

  • Justin trahan

    Wen I was researching candidates I saw that Perry was against legalizing marijuana and wen he was asked by a patient if Perry would arrest him and his doctors he just walked away from the man and didn’t answer his question. So far the only candidate I have found that wants to have weed legalized is Ron Paul.

  • Stephen keenan

    Its time to end marijuana prohibition.

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  • Jeffrey kennedy

    I ask all to Google Jeffrey Kennedy & medical cannabis, And fight for your rights. Together we can achieve victory!!!