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Paul Ryan Talks Medical Marijuana Legalization: ‘Let the States Decide’
The Blaze ^ | 9/8/2012 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 09/08/2012 8:02:50 AM PDT by Lexington Green

The issue of legalizing medical marijuana is not high on the priority list for the Romney/Ryan ticket. However, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Thursday told Colorado station KRDO-TV that legalizing medical marijuana is a decision that should be made by individual states.

“My personal position on these issues has been let the states decide what they want to do with these things,” he said. “This is something that is not a high priority of ours.”

Colorado is currently mulling whether to legalize marijuana and residents will vote on the issue in November with “Amendment 64” on the ballot.

But Ryan told KRDO-TV not to mistake his position as support for medical marijuana, saying he “doesn’t believe” in the initiative but still fells it is an issue best resolved by the states.

“I personally don’t agree with it, but this is something Coloradans have to decide for themselves,” he added.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugwar; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; medpot; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
I would not arrest Ann Romney if she used medical marijuana. Would you?
1 posted on 09/08/2012 8:02:59 AM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Lexington Green

Good. This is the correct answer to any question like this - “None of FedGov’s business, let the states decide.”


2 posted on 09/08/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Lexington Green

I wouldn’t arrest anyone who does.


3 posted on 09/08/2012 8:12:26 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Lexington Green
“My personal position on these issues has been let the states decide what they want to do with these things,” he said.

Follow what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution?

There's a revolutionary idea!

4 posted on 09/08/2012 8:13:01 AM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: Lexington Green

I wouldn’t arrest anybody for using any kind of marijuana. I dang sure wouldn’t waste billions of dollars making the cartels richer everyday. Decriminalizing pot takes the profit out of it. The war on poverty only made more poverty, the war on drugs only made drugs more proliferate and profitable. Come to think of it, maybe the war on women isn’t such a bad idea.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 8:15:36 AM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: Lexington Green

I like what Paul had to say especially living in Colorado. The only way I would smoke week would be for medical reasons but otherwise I wouldn’t touch it. I have voted for it each time it has been on the ballet and in some ways as giving the finger to the federal government.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 8:18:21 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Lexington Green

I would not arrest anyone that truly needed it for medical reasons. However, more than 99% of the people supporting it do not need it for medical reasons. They want it simply to get high.

If the medical marijuana crowd ever wants to get support, they need to make the stoners stop talking in front of cameras.

I think the idea of letting states decide is a wise one. That’s where the 10th Amendment puts the responsibility.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 8:18:45 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Dutch Boy

You simply have know idea what you are talking about.


8 posted on 09/08/2012 8:20:51 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Lexington Green
legalizing medical marijuana is a decision that should be made by individual states.

Great answer.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 8:22:37 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Spktyr

I agree....The Feds should concentrate on stopping drug trafficking from foreign countries. They’re doing about as good a job at stopping it as “ICE” with the illegals.


10 posted on 09/08/2012 8:23:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Lexington Green

As long as WE have thought it through and have a plan to keep it out of kids hands and not used on the job, using equipment etc, then I am ok with it. What I am not ok with is throwing up our hands because we are lazy and decide it is too hard. You cannot simply quit because the libs are overloading the sytem.


11 posted on 09/08/2012 8:24:15 AM PDT by vet7279
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To: Lexington Green

“In the early days of the Republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.”
Justice Clarence Thomas


12 posted on 09/08/2012 8:26:17 AM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: Lexington Green
Obama promised the same thing four years ago, but broke his promise. I hope Ryan keeps his promise.

The biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court

13 posted on 09/08/2012 8:31:50 AM PDT by grundle
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To: Lexington Green

About time. Now, in 1,2,3,4,5, ...... here come the Ron Paul Bashers, because ‘Real Republicans’ find the idea of the Founder’s Actual Intent to be Abhorrent.

Fed Govt. Mind your own Damn Business!


14 posted on 09/08/2012 8:32:19 AM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: running_dog_lackey

While all the liberals on the Supreme court voted against medical marijuana in Gonzales v Raich, Clarence Thomas voted in favor of it. That must have really confused those on the left.


15 posted on 09/08/2012 8:34:13 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Liberals viewed it as a handle for Federal power, which is even more sacred to them than weed is.


16 posted on 09/08/2012 8:36:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Dutch Boy

I agree. I recognize some limited medical benefit but for the most part its simply lying. I’d be a lot more accepting if they simply told the truth and said they wanted to get high.

If its for medical uses I want to know why it isn’t subject to the laws of other prescription drugs. About a year back there was a “doctor” in Lansing MI. who was giving out med pot prescriptions to people who registered to vote. Try that with Xanax or OxyContin and see where it gets you.


17 posted on 09/08/2012 8:36:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

that is a plain vanilla malpractice issue.


18 posted on 09/08/2012 8:38:39 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Dutch Boy

It’s a shame, really. America just can’t get past the giggle factor when it comes to medical marijuana. Unfortunately, sick people are being denied helpful medication – and we are persecuting the sick, dying, and lame. Sad.

Although I am happy to leave the issue to the states, the obvious remedy for this legal/medical morass is to reschedule marijuana as a Schedule 2 drug, like morphine.

Of course, the ultimate solution is to legalize marijuana – treat it like beer. That’s what free people would do.


19 posted on 09/08/2012 8:42:21 AM PDT by Lexington Green (I would not arrest Ann Romney if she used medical marijuana. Would you?)
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To: vet7279

Drinking is prohibited on the job, it would not be an issue to prohibit cannabis.
Drinking and driving is illegal, so would cannabis use.
There is an age limit for drinking, the same would go for cannabis.
It’s just not an issue.


20 posted on 09/08/2012 9:07:35 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Lexington Green
Colorado is currently mulling whether to legalize marijuana and residents will vote on the issue in November with “Amendment 64” on the ballot.

Really? Excellent! I didn't know that. MM is a farce and pot should be treated the same as any vegetable/herb/weed by the law.

21 posted on 09/08/2012 9:10:46 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Lexington Green

Anything that fosters an examination of the original intent of the Commerce Clause vs how it’s being used by Congress is a good thing.


22 posted on 09/08/2012 9:18:34 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Lexington Green
Of course this is a State issue. The basic principle, which explains why the Constitution granted no power to actually meddle with the social values of the several States, was that the Police powers--the powers to deal with the health, safety & morals, of their peoples--remained with the States.

It is good to see that Paul Ryan understands this, just as he understands fiscal policy.

See, for further development on the separation of powers (and function), Constitutional Overview.

William Flax

23 posted on 09/08/2012 9:34:41 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: cripplecreek
why it isn’t subject to the laws of other prescription drugs

Why didn't the Choom Gang Pres legalize it? Follow the money...

Apparently, the USDA has patented synthetic cannibis for medical purposes. Big Pharma companies have purchased this patent and don't want any competition from home growers. I learned this from an Eco-Hippie-Anarchist free newspaper I picked up on my travels. Always good to know what your opposition is thinking.

24 posted on 09/08/2012 9:43:10 AM PDT by GunsAndBibles (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: running_dog_lackey
“In the early days of the Republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.” Justice Clarence Thomas
The same holds true of tobacco and alcohol and we stepped all over those!
25 posted on 09/08/2012 10:26:34 AM PDT by vet7279
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To: All

I agree with Ryan it’s a state issue and really isn’t as important as some pot heads make it out to be. I’ve never smoked a joint in my life and I doubt I’d start now, I am against medical marijuana though. Why should people with fake medical problems be allowed to smoke but no one else???


26 posted on 09/08/2012 10:56:15 AM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: Lexington Green

http://www.lawnix.com/cases/wickard-filburn.html

This gift from the Roosevelt statist era was never good law or public policy. It’s none of their damned business.
Ryan recognizes this and good for him and Romney. Ryan has said federal nib-nosing on this issue “won’t be a priority under a Romney administration”.
Let’s hope they’ll leave Arizona alone as well. If they won’t, like busses there’s always another election to straighten out the Beltway masters of men.
The federal government under Obama and Holder has forgotten who the parents are: the 57 states.
The mouse in my pocket and I will remind them in 58 days.


27 posted on 09/08/2012 10:57:32 AM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: vet7279
As long as WE have thought it through and have a plan to keep it out of kids hands and not used on the job, using equipment etc

Same plan as is currently in place for painkillers and other abusable medications. Or do you think those should be banned?

28 posted on 09/08/2012 2:48:38 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: cripplecreek
I want to know why it isn’t subject to the laws of other prescription drugs.

Because the feds have said they'll revoke permission to write prescriptions from any doctor that "prescribes" marijuana. That's why medical marijuana is "recommended" rather than prescribed.

29 posted on 09/08/2012 2:53:05 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: escapefromboston
I am against medical marijuana though. Why should people with fake medical problems be allowed to smoke but no one else???

Marijuana has well-established medical value.

30 posted on 09/08/2012 2:55:13 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Well, we thought Goldman Sacs was too big to fail, Fannie/Freddie were solvent, NoDoc Loans were a good thing, $3 trillion in bailouts/stimulus was a good thing. I just hope we learn from this and do a much better job of looking at the big picture and not just reacting. Prescription drug trafficking/abuse is a huge problem in our schools today. How do we make sure this does not get away from us given the “image” MJ has? Do we simply regulate/tax it like we do tobacco? Does this mean that RJR can now legally grow, package and distribute it? How do we “control” who/where/how it is grown/packaged and distributed? Simply saying “it does not harm” is not good enough.


31 posted on 09/08/2012 3:57:51 PM PDT by vet7279
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To: vet7279
Prescription drug trafficking/abuse is a huge problem in our schools today.

So should we ban them? If not, why is that the right answer for medical marijuana?

Simply saying “it does not harm”

Where did I say that?

32 posted on 09/08/2012 4:03:34 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: GunsAndBibles

“Follow the Money”

http://www.nationalcenter.org/ObamacareLobbying.pdf

Hospitals, Private Insurers, Doctors, and Patients All wound up holding the s**t end of the stick with Obamacare.

Only the drug companies and the Democrat place holders stand to benefit from it.

Now the Trick as it were, is to keep MM from becoming a Govt. monopoly/additional revenue stream if it ever becomes legalized.


33 posted on 09/10/2012 8:00:55 AM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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