Apr 102016
 April 10, 2016

ted cruz marijuanaTed Cruz has been creeping up on delegates on the Republican side of the 2016 Election for President. Currently he sits 198 delegates behind front runner Donald Trump. That delegate count comes after Ted Cruz won Colorado over the weekend. Saturday Ted Cruz was asked about his views on Colorado’s marijuana laws, and he echoed comments that he has made recently in support of states’ rights. Per Biz Journals:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, during a stop in Colorado, said that the legalization of recreational marijuana is a matter that “we should leave to the states,” adding that he hasn’t made up his mind about expanding banking services to marijuana businesses.

In an interview with the Denver Post’s John Frank on Saturday, Cruz said that he would vote against legalizing pot in his home state of Texas, but added, “The people of Colorado have made a different decision. I respect that decision.”

Ted Cruz is by no means a champion for the marijuana community, and in the past was very critical about Obama’s lack of action opposing state marijuana legalization. But he seems to have evolved on this issue, and at least seems to respect states’ rights when it comes to marijuana policy. Ted Cruz’s position on marijuana policy is important, because as the primaries go along and if he keeps gaining ground on Donald Trump, he could be the GOP nominee. It will be interesting to see if his position stays the same or if he ‘evolves’ on the issue again if/when he becomes the front runner.

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  28 Responses to “Ted Cruz Says He Would Respect Colorado’s Decision To Legalize Marijuana While On Campaign Trail”

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    The campaign to win over Ted Cruz may be a long one, but it is an important one. To begin with we should let him know that two heroes of the cannabis movement are Carl Sagan and Willie Nelson.

    Here are a few quotes from Carl Sagan that he may like:

    “I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate.”

    “When I’m high I can penetrate into the past, recall childhood memories, friends, relatives, playthings, streets, smells, sounds, and tastes from a vanished era. I can reconstruct the actual occurrences in childhood events only half understood at the time. Many but not all my cannabis trips have somewhere in them a symbolism significant to me which I won’t attempt to describe here, a kind of mandala embossed on the high. Free-associating to this mandala, both visually and as plays on words, has produced a very rich array of insights.”

    “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

    The full essay can be read at
    http://marijuana-uses.com/mr-x/

    Here’s a YouTube video of Willie Nelson singing for what looks like a Texas audience. Not the Lone Star flag at 1:00, 2:25, and just at the end.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn-AB78kvvE

    Cannabis probably is not for everybody, but those that wish to partake should be free to do so. They certainly should not be persecuted and suppressed.

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      Cruz is in the Bush Mafia. He couldn’t care less about you, me, or Willie Nelson. He is a puppet and will do what he is told. Fun stuff, like start a war with Russia and complete his unhinged wife’s dream of a North American Union. Only one guy is opposing WW3, the NAU, and the UN-which is why we have drug schedules in the first place. Too bad Colorado didn’t get to vote for him.

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    Ted Cruz has said this from the very beginning! Cruz, Paul and Bush were the three States Rights candidates from the very beginning. Even BEFORE Bernie came out in favor of it!

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      What does he think of medical marijuana, not as a matter of a states rights to legalize it, but does he understand that marijuana is medicine and that access to it is a human and civil right? Anyone who doesn’t understand that by now is a barbarian. There’s no states’ right to ban medicine.

      States’ rights are going to be a double edged sword for us. After enough states have legalized adult use, and public opinion becomes overwhelming pro adult use legalization, and the science continues to be crystal clear that alcohol and tobacco and prescription opiates are far more dangerous, the issue is going to become whether states have the right to criminalize adult cannabis possession.
      Are you going to argue that they do?

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        I agree. Cruz should grow a set of balls and proclaim his stance on a FEDERAL level —– cannabis needs to be legalized — nationally — but he won’t — and this is why :
        This guy is middle-lining and pussy-footing the issue because he’s trying to grab support from wherever he can. He’s a shill for keeping cannabis out of the public’s legal hands.
        ————-
        Separate the wheat from the chaff, will ya !
        GOING FORWARD, we can all use the modern-day version of the same adage :
        “Separate the flower from the stem, will ya !”

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          de-schedule .. and leave it to states. Federal involvement means NOTHING but trouble

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            The schedules are adopted from the UN. Since Cruz is a Bush crime family pet, and his wife is a CFR globalist, the odds he will pull out of the UN are exactly 0%.

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      BUT, as a U.S. Senator,
      what cannabis-favorable legislation has Ted Cruz either
      introduced and / or voted yes on? Anything?

      Also, as a U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders introduced
      SB2237, the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015”
      on November 4th, 2015.

      Since SB 2237 was introduced,
      has Senator Cruz voted for it?

      A: No

      Only Bernie Sanders is unequivocally and unambiguously
      vocal about removing cannabis from the Federal CSA altogether!

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        I’d say he’s more of an opportunist than he is “Committed to our cause”! In 26 years in Congress, he’s NEVER written a bill previously to end prohibition. As a matter of FACT, he was 100% AGAINST the idea until JUNE 2015! That doesn’t show me commitment, that shows me, political opportunism. There are absolutely ZERO co-sponsors so far of Bernie’s De-schedulization bill. There probably WON’T be either! Even the Democrats are against his Bill. If he were so committed to the cause, can he explain why he didn’t and HASN’T signed on as even a co-sponsor of SB 632 “The CARERS Act”. He’s not signed on to ANY other marijuana legislation in his career. He’s always opposed the idea until 10 months ago.

        I’m not trying to defend Cruz at all. I just give credit where credit’s due! I’m just saying that Cruz has said from the beginning that, although HE would’ve voted against Legalization if he lived in CO, he respected the rights of the people, through our Constitution. The 10th Amendment. He’s always said that HE would vote against it in his State, but States have those rights and the Federal Govt should NOT interfere at all. He, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush were the ONLY ones that said they’d honor States Rights on BOTH sides, in the beginning. I think that’s rather refreshing if you ask me. A politician that disagrees morally with an issue, but respects the rights of the people to act however they wish. As long as it’s Constitutional. This issue IS!

        Be VERY wary of Donald Trump! “Christie Kream” is already nuzzling his way into the AG’s position. If that happens we’re screwed! He will go after it vigorously. Like you’ve never seen before or could possibly EVER see again! He HAS to if he wants to nip this in the bud. (no pun intended) We’ve got an 8 year headstart on them and all the latest science SUPPORTS us!

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    Cruz has admitted to smoking weed when he was younger. Maybe that’s why he’s comfortable with legalization.

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      my sincerity meter usually goes nuts when he speaks. his words on MJ about the most credible sounding I’ve heard from that lyin’ yap. just wishful thinking, perhaps? perhaps not.

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        I give it a 50% chance that he would keep his promise if elected.

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          He’s a career politician, there is a chance only if it means he will profit from it. In the end, it’s screw the citizens, how will my “stand” help me get elected.

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            Hopefully, Cruz will call on his high school stoner friends and start a chain of dispensaries. “Green Cruz”?

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      Apparently he didn’t smoke enough.

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    He’ll say whatever he has to in order to get the nomination.
    I don’t believe him..
    ..or taken literally, he may be hands off on Colorado but then turn around and prohibit any further “experiments” until the results of this one are clear
    (insert “study” time of another 10 years)..
    The Sinned Angel

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    Say whatever appeases the masses.

    Said he WOULD NOT vote for legalization in his state, what happens if he becomes pres.???
    He WOULD NOT vote for any kind of legalization at the federal level(his state), fu*k Cruz

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      Simply keeping the Feds the FUCK out altogether gotta be way better approach than getting federal approval. Leave it to the states, and the citizens of states less legal can do THEIR work and quit waiting for others to do it for them.

      Federal legalization? Be careful of what you wish for.

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    What a damn Asshole…I can’t stand him. He’s a snake and not to be trusted. All he does is lie and steal.

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    24 states do not have the option of a citizen/voter initiative like Colorado.
    They must rely on their legislators.

    How long do you think that will take?
    (..just short of never…)
    Cruz is not a choice.. He’s a perfect example of that “lesser evil” system again.

    The Sinned Angel

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      And the excuse those 24 states’ legislatures make…?
      “It’s against federal law…”
      (They’re all for “State’s Rights”,
      [e.g. “2nd Amendment”, “No Obamacare”, et al],
      except when they’re not).

      As a U.S. Senator, Ted Cruz ought to be supporting
      Senator Bernie Sanders’ SB 2237 to de-schedule
      cannabis at the federal level, IF he is truly for State’s Rights.

      [So that those 24 state legislatures will be without “federal” excuse!].

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    Cruz is a lying greasy sleazy scum bag Lawyer and a booger eaten, Cheating Politician.

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    In January of 2014 Ted Cruz said he would crack down immediately on Colorado and those people would go to jail. CPAC meeting just 2 years ago. If a Republican wins the White House, then Chris Christie is first in line to be Attorney General.

    This is 1979 all over again. Reagan actually said he was in favor of a more sensible, compassionate drug policy. Then he brought in billions of funding for Reefer Madness 3.0. We are still recovering from that today.

    People need to remember that in the 70’s there was a lot of talk about federal legalization. Some states passed decrim laws. Just a few years of Reagan and we had big government setting national highway speed limits, DUI laws that were so harsh they were promised to end drinking and driving and zero tolerance for marijuana.

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    well Senor Cruz…if every state in the union had he ability to put forth voter based initiatives..you might have a leg to stand on with your states rights jargon…but until every single state’s citizens have the right to create, and put forth for a vote of the citizens..initiatives based on the citizens cry for change…your platitudes are not worth Shite!!

    Not to mention…his apparent approval of states rights on the cannabis issue…are a ploy I feel to get people on board with the idea that states rights also means a state has the right to remove or discriminate against people based on religion…he will use his approval of cannabis states rights to try to say..that a state enacting such bigoted, discriminatory laws such as in MS and SC are also acceptable…and the same thing…which we all know are not…

    one gives people rights and freedoms and the other takes away rights and discriminates…I’ll allow you all to decide which one is which…but I think we all know the answer..

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    Yeah right! These right wing insects come out of the ground during election time saying weed is no big deal. I’ll never trust a repube or rarely trust a dem. Just remember Nixon started this (recent) mess and every president after him continued it. Every fucking one of them.

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    That fanatic just said what he needed to say to appease to Colorado voters. He’s a politician. He’s as hardcore as they come on the issue but he danced his way around it!!!

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    There are no Colorado voters.

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