Marijuana is legal at the state level, but not at the federal level. If you vote for one of these GOP candidates, you should know that they plan on enforcing federal law to the full extent until marijuana is once again illegal in the United States.
This batch of GOP presidential hopefuls has said some crazy things on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to drones and birth control. If you don't believe me, here's a recap:
Republicans claim to be for smaller government oversight. Historically, the GOP says "states' rights" come first. However, this crop of presidential hopefuls is turning the tide on that fundamental principle as the majority of candidates want to see marijuana users prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Essentially, they want to not only wage war in the Middle East, they want to wage war on the average American. At the local level, marijuana is decriminalized, and even legalized, for both medical and recreational purposes, from sea to shining sea:
- In October, recreational and medical marijuana will be fully legal in Oregon.
- Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.
- There are currently six marijuana bills on the ballot for 2016 in the State of California.
This could be because research has shown CBD in marijuana can stop tumors from growing, it can kill cancer, and it can heal broken bones.
There are also many new studies that prove the benefits of this plant. Even the DEA has admitted that marijuana, which is federally classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, isn't nearly as harmful as the other schedule 1 drugs, like heroin.
Yet, GOP candidates don't seem to get it. Colorado not only balanced its budget with the tax revenue from pot alone, the state has a surplus.
CNN Money reports that according to Colorado law, residents are on track to receive a special one-time tax refund in 2016, as the state expects a total of around $59 million from marijuana taxes.
Republicans are all about balancing budgets, right? Wrong again! These 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls should be using Colorado as a blueprint to create jobs (real jobs, not minimum wage), rebuild our economy (hemp), and put a dent in the national debt, which is currently $18+ trillion.
So if you're FOR states' rights, if you're FOR decreasing the national debt, if you're FOR more jobs, and if you're FOR medical marijuana or the legalization of marijuana, here's ten candidates you DON'T want to vote for:
1. Marco Rubio. AKA - Liar, liar pants on fire. During the GOP debate, he said he’s 100% against abortion under any circumstances, but he’s co-sponsored abortion legislation. In 2014, he said he’s for states figuring it out when it comes to marijuana. Now he says if he becomes president, he will enforce federal law against states that have legalized marijuana.
2. Chris Christie: "States should not be permitted to sell it and profit" from legalizing marijuana, he said. “I will crack down and not permit it.”
3.Carly Fiorina has stated she is against medical marijuana.
5. Ohio governor John Kasich says marijuana is a “states’ rights issue” and he “probably would not” prosecute states for legalizing recreational marijuana, but then added that he would oppose such laws in his own state…which leads anyone who can put one and one together to believe that he would be interested in enforcing federal law if he is elected POTUS.
6. Governor Scott Walker is for medical marijuana, but against recreational.
7. Rick Santorum is Mr. Do-As-I-Say, Not-As-I-Do: “I think federal laws should be enforced, and I think Colorado is violating the federal law,” Santorum told Hugh Hewitt. Yet, Santorum has previously admitted to smoking pot in college.
9. Flip-flopping Ted Cruz goes back and forth on the issue. Currently he says he’s for state rights, and if they want to legalize, then that’s fine. But he was recently asked if he were president, how would he treat states that have legalized? “Probably not well. Not well, but we’ll see. We’ll have to see what happens.”
10. Jeb Bush says leave it up to the states, but he opposed the 2014 Florida ballot measure that would have allowed medical marijuana. So he could go either way, in my opinion. Historically speaking, one shouldn’t trust the Bush family.
There are a few Republicans who feel the time is now for marijuana legalization.
Senator Rand Paul in particular has been firm on this issue. When every other Republican has waited to see what way the wind blows, Senator Paul introduced the first medical marijuana legislation to protect medical marijuana patients nationwide. He's also the first presidential candidate to raise money from the marijuana industry.
When it comes to marijuana, be a vigilant citizen. I don't want to see America elect someone who will undo what we fought so hard to achieve. Marijuana does a lot of good for a lot of people. Let's all make sure it continues to do so for years to come.
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