Jeb 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.