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Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Brings Marijuana Legalization To GOP


gop marijuana conservatives rand paul bryan fischerToo often, marijuana legalization is seen as a liberal, Democratic policy ideal that is opposed by conservative Republicans. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who worked as a speechwriter for conservative icon Ronald Reagan, is doing his part to educate the public and his fellow Republican colleagues, that ending cannabis prohibition includes the conservative ideals of personal liberty, states’ rights and limited government. At the International Cannabis Business Conference, the Orange County Republican was even willing to sit down for Marijuana Politicswith convicted drug dealer “Freeway” Ricky Ross to both listen to the felon-turned-author as well as promote the need to reform our marijuana nation’s marijuana laws.

Representative Rohrabacher chastised his GOP colleagues to support the Farr-Rohrabacher Amendment added to the Justice Department spending bill that prohibits any federal funds from being utilized to investigate, prosecute or convict citizens for medical marijuana if they are acting legally under state law. Rohrabacher told his conservative allies that he didn’t want to hear them proclaim their support for states’ rights, personal liberty or the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship if they didn’t support the medical marijuana amendment. Eventually, Rep. Rohrabacher was joined by about 50 of his fellow GOP representatives, while nearly all Democratic House members supported the amendment. Despite the disparity among the parties, Rohrabacher’s efforts are gaining votes and publicity for the legalization cause, making him one of the most important marijuana law reformers in the country.

From SFGate.com:

Politicians don’t get much more conservative than Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was Ronald Reagan‘s speechwriter, an inspiration behind California’s anti-immigration Proposition 187, a Cold War hardliner, and a man who self-deprecatingly calls himself a “Neanderthal Republican.”

But now, Rohrabacher has emerged as a national leader in one not-so-conservative issue: legalizing marijuana.

“The marijuana laws have been used to expand the power of government over people’s lives more than just anything else I can think of,” Rohrabacher said recently in San Francisco, shortly after a prime speaking slot at the International Cannabis Business Conference. “I would like marijuana to be treated the same way we treat alcohol.”

As marijuana legalization continues its mainstream march away from the coasts and into America’s Heartland, the support of conservatives and Republicans will become even more important to convince voters and politicians across the country. Two-term Republican Governor Gary Johnson is also a prominent GOP member (he will be keynoting the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference on March 15-16) while Rand Paul has shown a willingness to be sensible on the issue, although not as supportive as his father Ron. However, as the Republican Party looks to expand its base, cannabis legalization may very well prove to be a key issue as it appeals to libertarians and Millenials, two groups that can easily find their way into the GOP tent. Thanks in large party to Dana Rohrabacher, legalization certainly has the potential to be a bipartisan issue not beholden to any one party or ideology and that is a great development in the fight to bring more freedom and prosperity to the cannabis community, and all Americans.

Source: MarijuanaPolitics.Com


About Author

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. If they would poll as much of the U.S. population as they could instead of a thousand randomly selected then the approval would be much higher than 51%. They just did a poll here in Idaho just through facebook and twitter, and the approval rating was 87% a very huge margin with almost 6,000 votes. It is reported that around 25 million Americans use marijuana. I guarantee it is much higher with millions of Americans not admitting to use due to being judged and the fact that it is illegal federally.

  2. Its about takin votes away from the common
    man by making felons out of them.Reinstate the voting rights of non violent cannabis offenders and watch congress change before your very eyes.thats what theyre scared of especially in the red stayes like mine

  3. The libertarian Republicans were against Prohibition long before any other faction in government. They formed the Libertarian Party in 1972 over disgust with Nixon.

    For them is was never about numbers. It was about doing what is right as they saw it.

  4. I happen to lean libertarian Republican. And I must say that the Neanderthals in the party are amazing to watch. No amount of evidence will change their attitudes.

    “Truth never triumphs — its opponents just die out. Thus, Science advances one funeral at a time” Max Planck

    It has nothing to do with pot. It has to do with the same reason Nixon started the War On Drugs. They wanted to use the government as a tool to pound their political enemies. Despicable. As bad as or worse than Obama using the IRS against his enemies. This sh*t has got to stop.

    “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

    Thank the Maker for Dana and his 49 libertarian R friends.

  5. Looks like they’re realizing you don’t go against the will of the people. If legalization approval wasn’t over 50% I don’t think you’d see this kind of support. Republicans need to start doing what they preach… limited government while staying out of the morality business. If they can lose the BS about religion and vaginas they may stand a chance.

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