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Jeb Bush – Medical Marijuana Is A State’s Rights Issue


jeb bush marijuanaJeb Bush does not support medical marijuana, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. But what is surprising is that Jeb Bush seems to think that states, and not the federal government, should decide medical marijuana laws. The state’s rights stance falls in line with conservative views, but usually doesn’t seem to be applied to marijuana. Most Republicans believe in state’s rights on most things, but seem to single out marijuana. Per the Miami Herald:

Former Gov. Jeb Bush opposes Florida’s medical-marijuana initiative, but the potential GOP presidential candidate said he’s not sure if the federal government should enforce federal cannabis laws if the Sunshine State proposal passes.

Asked Friday about the federal government’s role in prosecuting pot laws in medical-marijuana states, Bush said he’d have to give it more thought.

“In medical marijuana states? I don’t know. I’d have to sort that out,” Bush said. “I think that states ought to have a right to decide these things. I think the federal government’s role in our lives is way too-overreaching.”

Jeb Bush went on to say that if marijuana crosses state lines (interstate trafficking), than the federal government should step in. Any constitutional law nerd knows that the federal government has jurisdiction over all things involving interstate commerce. Jeb Bush is a likely Presidential candidate for 2016 according to most political pundits. Jeb Bush is the former Governor of Florida, which will be voting on medical marijuana in November.


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  1. You folks that are so fixated on the bogus claim that Republicans are the obstacle to cannabis legalization are uninformed and uneducated. Amendment two cannot and will not pass with Democrat support alone. Are you all throwing hate filled darts at Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her opposition to amendment two? Well guess what, she’s not only a democrat congressperson from Florida, but she’s the national CHAIR OF THE DNC! If you continue to try to make this into a political fight, you risk losing some of the support you have (and need) from the other side of the aisle. If you still think this is a political battle, then you will continue to do the cause more harm than good and we’d all be better off if you’d refrain from expressing your divisive opinions. Don’t put political blinders on.

  2. Jeb, you screwed YOURSELF last week when you said it was going to be a scourge on Florida. Now you come out and say “States Rights”. That’s NOT truly what he believes, that’s election talk

  3. Agreed. If Jeb is half as smart as they prop him up to be, he already knows the name “Bush” is about as popular as gonorrhea.

  4. stellarvoyager on

    Let us all hope that this relic will be cast into the dustbin of history as quickly as possible. The Bush family has f*cked over the American people more than enough already.

  5. Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, says that our antiquated drug laws result in denying proper pain medication to patients, and that this is torture*. So, Jeb’s position here is that states have the right to torture. As the brother of the man who approved other forms of torture on illegally detained people, I find this completely unsurprising.

    Almost as unsurprising as Jetdoc’s continued insistence that the GOP will stop punching hippies.

    * http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session22/A.HRC.22.53_English.pdf

  6. Howard Wooldrige lobbies Congress to end Prohibition. He suggests to hold outs that the least they can do and be consistent is to be 10th Amendment supporters. It is having an effect. That is now (in the main) the Republican fall back position.

  7. Here’s what Jeb had to say about medical cannabis in Florida:

    “Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire. Allowing large-scale marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

    Jeb is thoroughly bought and paid for by the anti-science, anti-reason, anti-cannabis crowd. This so-called “compassionate conservative” has absolutely no regard for the citizens of Florida who need access to safe, legal medical cannabis. Jeb’s reefer madness will fly like a lead balloon, this November. After Amendment 2 passes with flying colors, the odds of his presidential aspirations becoming a reality will slip from slim to none.

  8. Everyone knows if you want to do drugs for fun or to save your life, you better be white or rich

  9. Oh yeah,I remember when I was living in texas and he was running. There was a news story about his coke use but it never was picked up by mainstream media. You think that they would have had a field day with this but never did.

  10. That would explain why “Bush Lite” was so stupid that he could hardly form a sentence or say anything logical:D

  11. ” The fed government does overreach its power.”
    Some of the overreach of government was civil rights, social security,womens rights,Federal Hwy system,EPA,Gay marriage, LGBTQ rights,Hate crimes all because that you can’t let the majority stomp on the rights of minorities. I would hate to have these things decided at the state level. So states rights have to be balanced with the needs and right of all Americans. In other words States should not be able to “just go” with the policies of what’s popular and hang everything else out to dry.

  12. Yeah, this is a smoke screen used by republicans to keep the feds from legalizing it nationally and have their churches and other “Fundies” battle it at the state level. How to tell when a republican is lying? When his lips are moving.

  13. tHE Grim Reefer on

    Remember they used pond water in his formula too as a baby. George W Bush Quote
    “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

  14. Hey Jeb Bush the united states has more people in prison than any other industrialized country including China. We are supposed to be the land of the free (freedom to chose what we want our laws to be) . Home of the brave (don’t fuck with us). Why are we still locking up people for non violent drug charges? Yes I know there is some countries that kill drug offenders , they also give children bombs, and kill women for getting railed. So anyhow when are you going to do more than just say it should change. Go on record by a vote to legalize marijuana and then and only then will anyone believe a Bush and a politiction.

  15. stellarvoyager on

    Jeb Bush, trying to say that you are for “states rights” for “medical” marijuana (which for all we know, could mean “CBD only”, or could be an outright lie), does not conceal your long record as a radical prohibitionist, or your close association with radical prohibitionists like the Semblers and Sheldon Adelson. This “I haven’t figured it out yet” nonsense is merely a distraction to mislead the broader public.

  16. Everytime a politician says “states rights”, you can count on their cowardice as the root cause. Medical issues do not stop at any border. More on, so far, the states are doing a fine job at turning the federal law-horses around, and that’s just what is stopping all of the other states from total legalization—> federal law. I’m sure that all eyes continue to be on those states where cannabis is already legal, and by God, the sky hasn’t fallen! (Don’t forget, Jeb is running for presodent, he doesn’t want to piss off anyone who might think as myopically as he does, little does he know, that will be his downfall. Get with it, government.

  17. All politicians lie when they open their mouths. States rights when you want to pass the buck. Don’t believe him. If he gets the office we’ll see weed turned back into enemy #1 all over again. After all the right is backing the 1% and that would include S.A.M.

  18. Once they’re elected they get FULL ACCESS to the Big Pharma, Tobacco and Alcohol PAC fund money. THAT changes their position. Plus the power brokers in America don’t even contact the guy UNTIL he’s elected. That’s when he’s presented with the SOP’s of HOW he’ll act as President! Not seen ONE buck the trend either.

  19. Say what you want, two states have total legal, and how many states. He did back off, I’ll say that. I’m disappointed too, I believed the statement, we are going to let science decide. Complaining about Mr. Obama, doesn’t do any of us any good, we have enough of that. And where would we be with shit romney, really

  20. I think Republicans are finding it much harder to oppose legalization of marijuana as of late. Which speaks well for the gains we’ve made on that front. I think there’ll be a huge backlash upon them if they attempt to reign in Colorado, Washington, Washington D.C., soon to be Oregon and Alaska. Not to mention all the gains we’ve made in “medical marijuana”. I really believe Florida’s gonna pull this off. I think they’re gonna find REAL quick in this campaign that the War on Drugs is a LOSER for them.

    I’m STILL not voting for him but it’s good to see that Republicans are finally taking “States Rights” seriously. People are TIRED of seeing the Militarization of their Police Forces as well as the government overreach into our personal lives.

  21. No. NO NO. Not a chance, he was the best of the the Bush tree, that’s not saying anything. Why have you not made your mind up, do you really think we believe you’ve not made your mind up all ready, and are just trying to not piss off the sick and dying.

  22. Fist we do not need another bush for president. We don’t need unemployment going up. This has happend with every Bush. I do agree with Jeb on the fact the states should control there own borders. The fed government does over reach its power. But guess what we the people who gave the feds the power to do so. We are also the people who can take it away by legalizing marijuana. I am not anti Ametican government, but I am anti government overreach. Absolute power brings only absolute corruption.

  23. It’s all political speak during a potential campaign. Remember Obama said as much as the same during his campaign when he promised to stop the raids on MMJ dispensaries. Once elected, nothing these assholes say previously means a damn thing.

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