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Rand Paul Attacks Christie, Bush On Marijuana Politics

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During the CNN Republican Presidential Debate, which aired on the cable news network September 16, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky took New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the woodshed over their stated policies on marijuana.

Christie was attacked by Paul over his proposal to use federal law to eliminate state medical and recreational marijuana programs. Governor Bush was challenged about his NO vote on Florida’s 2014 state referendum on medical marijuana.

Governor Christie agreed with the stated summary of his position as follows: “If you are getting high in Colorado today… enjoy it until January of 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana.”

Governor Christie offered the unique opinion that it is a Pro-Life stance to support the end of the drug war.

Christie claimed his state is the first in the nation to adopt a policy where, “If you are a non-violent, non-dealing drug user that you don’t go to jail on a first offense. You go to mandatory treatment.”

Leaning forward he personalized the speech to debate moderator Jake Tapper. “You see, Jake, I’m Pro-Life. I think you need to be Pro-Life for more than just the time in the womb.” He included drug offenders and troubled teens as people whom the Pro-Life movement consider equally important as an unborn fetus.

He followed with, “But that doesn’t mean we should be legalizing gateway drugs.” He then identified marijuana users as low-producers who victimize their employers, their families and their children. He cited this victimization as the reason he’ll enforce federal marijuana laws on adults using marijuana regardless of state programs.

Sen. Paul said Gov. Christie isn’t “really believing in the 10th Amendment” if he is going to use federal law to overrule state laws, specifically marijuana laws. “If a young mother is trying to give her child cannabis oil, or medical marijuana, as a seizure treatment, (Gov. Christie) would put her in jail because it violates federal law.”

Gov. Christie tried to modify his previous statement to only include recreational marijuana use, saying, “We have medical marijuana in New Jersey.”  Sen. Paul quickly pointed out that the anti-marijuana federal rules Christie would use could cut both medical and recreational programs.

“That’s not consistent with the 10th Amendment, it’s not consistent with state’s rights and it’s not consistent with a conservative vision for the country.”

In explaining his own position Sen. Paul said, “I would let Colorado do what the 10th Amendment says. We were never intended to have crimes at the federal level… Colorado has made their decision and I don’t want the federal government interfering and putting moms in jail who are trying to get medicine for their children.”

Jeb Bush tried to present Florida as a state where people get “a second chance” through drug courts.

Rand Paul called him out on hypocrisy.

“In Florida, Governor Bush campaigned against medical marijuana. That means that a small child like Morgan Hintz that has 500 seizures a day and is failing on 9 traditional medications is not allowed to use cannabis oil, and if they attempt to do that in Florida they will take the child away and put the parents in jail. That’s what that means, if you’re against allowing people to use medical marijuana.”

The drug war has become a tool of social segregation. “Kids who had privilege like you do don’t go to jail but the poor, inner city kids do go to jail. I don’t think that is fair.”

Gov. Bush admitted he’d voted no on the 2014 statewide medical marijuana ballot proposal because “it was the first step towards getting us to a Colorado place.”

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Source: TheCompassionChronicles


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  1. There needs to be an end to cannabis prohibition. The supreme court has been nothing more than in your face liars about medicinal value of cannabis. Stop the hurt and pain too many people have suffered unjust punishment and while we are at it tell Nixon that he was a crook.

  2. Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet, food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. Any law against it is a crime against humanity

  3. Only 50% of scientists support climate and the other 50% offer evidence that it’s cyclical, so it’s hardly a slam dunk either way.

  4. THey will only allow cannabis use if it helps them get elected, don;t be fooled, they are not for Medical or Rec.

  5. When and if these curs became responsible for gov’t, IF Cannabis was alllowed, Big Business would take it over and ruin it, as in Health Canada;s example. People preferred the Black market to the powdered dry schwag that Health Canada mandated they use. And are now attempting to close dispensaries and cannabis cafes.

  6. A couple of two faced , back-stabbing phonies. If either was a true American, they would be trying to make this country great and progressive. Being smart enough and compassionate as well, to do the job right. Seems like the best of our Americans have been passed over, as it’s big $ that runs the show now! I’m from the Viet Nam era and the old f–ks are still in screwing things up! Have you ever noticed the fake tans and all the grey hair? Watch rt like Jessi Ventura says,

    “Question more!”.

  7. 100% right he is almost the worst. Sorry I have to keepthat space for Jeb. Duh. Bush. We would have had mmj in FL if it was not for him. The majority was 51% until he changed it.
    Thank you canagramdma

  8. If you want a candidate that has no political issues with cannabis, stop looking at the GOP. THEY DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, THEY ONLY REPRESENT THE WELL TO DO AND CORPORATIONS THAT GIVE THEM MONEY. The same can be said for the Democrats as well, any that accepts super pack donations for that matter. That leaves us with only one real choice.

    Go Bernie!

  9. I had really hoped that this 2016 election cycle would at least somewhat embrace the science of cannabis medicine. Silly me. Most of these people don’t even publicly admit they believe in climate change. SMH What will it take for people to at least LOOK at the science we have so far?

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