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Reagan Wanted Marijuana Legalized
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Posted on 05/06/2002 6:21:05 PM PDT by Texaggie79

In newly released audiotapes of Ronald Reagan's broadcast commentaries, Reagan made clear his view that individuals should be allowed to use marijuana if they wanted to.

The Reagan broadcasts come from the days before Reagan became president and were believed to be lost.

But in the new audio set "Reagan In His Own Voice" the unedited version of Reagan's most controversial broadcasts are now available.

In one broadcast, Reagan declared it was an individual's choice if they chose to smoke marijuana, as long as they were aware of the health risks.

Reagan had a strong Libertarian streak, though he also held strong views about prayer in school, abortion, sex-ed in schools and other social concerns.


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I waited for one of the more Libertarian FReepers to post this, but since they didn't. I'll do it.

Wise man, wise position.

1 posted on 05/06/2002 6:21:05 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: RealPatriot71
bong
2 posted on 05/06/2002 6:22:33 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
I think.....whoa dude,forgot what I was going to say.

How late is Taco Bell open?

4 posted on 05/06/2002 6:27:37 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: Texaggie79
What's your authority for this? An e-mail from somebody who claims it's on the tapes?
5 posted on 05/06/2002 6:28:11 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: OWK; headsonpikes; dead; nunya bidness
ping
6 posted on 05/06/2002 6:28:38 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Cicero
click the link. It's off NewsMax. They are promoting the Book.
7 posted on 05/06/2002 6:29:21 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Cicero
Why is it so hard to believe Reagan sided with liberty when it was a question of personal heath and not a threat to others?
8 posted on 05/06/2002 6:30:30 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
This will tweak some of the drug warriors here. You, despite some past skirmishes, I find hard to dislike.

FReegards

9 posted on 05/06/2002 6:33:29 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: Texaggie79
In one broadcast, Reagan declared it was an individual's choice if they chose to smoke marijuana, as long as they were aware of the health risks.

A lot less health risks than booze ( both to the user and those around him/her )
10 posted on 05/06/2002 6:35:08 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Texaggie79
Reagan also used to hang out with commies -- then he got wise.
11 posted on 05/06/2002 6:37:45 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: Central Scrutiniser
Well, he was ahead of his time, too bad he surrounded himself with WOD ninnies...

This is a suprise. Didn't he appoint Bill Bennett?

12 posted on 05/06/2002 6:37:46 PM PDT by AUgrad
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To: Cicero, Texaggie79
What's your authority for this? An e-mail from somebody who claims it's on the tapes?

I seem to recall reading this in "Reagan: In His Own Hand" also.

13 posted on 05/06/2002 6:38:44 PM PDT by Mulder
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To: Texaggie79
I waited for one of the more Libertarian FReepers to post this, but since they didn't. I'll do it.

They're probably too stoned to have noticed.

Ya gotta wait another day or two, then FR will be swamped with duplicate posts out the whazooo.

14 posted on 05/06/2002 6:38:54 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: AUgrad
I love Bennett. He may be wrong on his pot position, but he is one of the TRUE fighters for conservatism out there.
15 posted on 05/06/2002 6:39:03 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
I'm with you on that. The only thing the Drug War has accomplished is putting large numbers of citizens in jail for relatively minor 'crimes'.

If the war on Terrorism is this successful, we're all in a world of hurt.

16 posted on 05/06/2002 6:42:54 PM PDT by dixierat22
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To: Texaggie79
"If adults want to take such chances [with marijuana] that is their business"-- Ronald Reagan, August 1979 from "Reagan: In His Own Hand" pg 399 of the hardback edition.

That statement was in the last paragraph of a radio speech he wrote. The purpose of the brief speech was to state the dangers of marijuana and why kids shouldn't use it.

17 posted on 05/06/2002 6:43:50 PM PDT by Mulder
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To: Texaggie79
This is fascinating. I would have loved to think my president didn't consider me a criminal worthy of imprisonment back in my youth, when he was my hero, but I still liked (translation: knew people who might sell me) the "evil weed". For the record, I think it's reasonable to keep pot illegal, but ridiculous to throw casual users in jail for using it. We don't throw people who drink in jail (as has been noted 15 Billion times). So perhaps the criminal penalties should be reserved for the large-scale traffickers, who are usually violent, armed gangsters. And if THAT works, no need to throw the casual user in jail.
18 posted on 05/06/2002 6:51:39 PM PDT by Burr5
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To: Texaggie79;*WOD_list
bump
19 posted on 05/06/2002 7:14:37 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: Moonman62
Reagan also used to hang out with commies -- then he got wise.

Yeah, but didn't these comments came after he "got wise" - to use your words. Boy, this really ought to mess with a few of the "social conservative's" heads. More than a joint would even, I bet.

20 posted on 05/06/2002 7:29:42 PM PDT by bluefish
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To: Willie Green
They're probably too stoned to have noticed.

Surprised you had time to notice yourself. Shouldn't you be peering through the drapes at "those pesky kids," or spying on your neighbors, or reporting somebody to the local "authorities" for building their deck 1 inch below official building code standards? Or are you merely content to sit there in your undershirt with your six pack of beer while complaining about "those damn marijuana cigarette smokers?"

21 posted on 05/06/2002 7:36:07 PM PDT by bluefish
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To: Texaggie79
Reagan? The same Reagan that had the Caribbean locked down in a naval blockade in the 80's to stop drug traffic?

I was boarded on my sailboat several times by Customs, Coast Guard, DEA, etc.

And now we find out he wanted to turn the other cheek?

The Customs guys drove around in cat-hulled fast-boats built by Don Aronow of Cigarette. Guess who else had one of these boats?

23 posted on 05/06/2002 7:44:28 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: bluefish
Boy, this really ought to mess with a few of the "social conservative's" heads.

Why? Because they disagree with something that RR said? What's so unusual about that? No matter who is president and no matter how much a person may respect and admire him, there will be areas of disagreement.

24 posted on 05/06/2002 7:45:11 PM PDT by alnick
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To: bluefish
Shouldn't you be peering through the drapes at "those pesky kids," or spying on your neighbors, or reporting somebody to the local "authorities" for...
Or are you merely content to sit there in your undershirt with your six pack of beer while complaining...

I have no problems with riffraff being forcibly removed from the community.
They're detrimental to property values and are a bad influence on the children.

25 posted on 05/06/2002 7:50:31 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: nunya bidness
I was boarded on my sailboat several times by Customs, Coast Guard, DEA, etc.

Well maybe if you weren't caught sailing in with Heroin smuggling Hatians, maybe you wouldn't have been boarded by every agency except the FDA! What the hell were you involved in!

26 posted on 05/06/2002 7:53:04 PM PDT by Bommer
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To: Bommer
We were running rum.
27 posted on 05/06/2002 8:01:36 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: bluefish
Reagan also used to hang out with commies -- then he got wise.

Yeah, but didn't these comments came after he "got wise" - to use your words.

The point is Reagan was an open minded, thoughtful person who would change his mind as his understanding grew. I don't think there is any doubt that he was against legalizing pot by the time he was President.

28 posted on 05/06/2002 9:10:08 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: rudeboy666
Wouldn't surprise me if he was a big Cheech and Chong fan

Wonder if he has a Led Zeppelin tshirt

30 posted on 05/06/2002 9:19:44 PM PDT by Razwan
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To: Moonman62
Maybe he was, maybe he wasn't, but then again George Bush senior was against taxes untill he was elected. He always claimed he was pro life, but Bush had no problem putting a pro-choice judge on the supreme court, someone that he knew Reagan had reviewed and rejected for being a judicial activist. It might have been politics, it have been a change in opinion. We will never know, but I would like to hear those tapes and see what Nancy says about it all.
31 posted on 05/06/2002 9:36:04 PM PDT by Sonny M
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To: Texaggie79

32 posted on 05/06/2002 10:54:02 PM PDT by jrewingjr
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To: Reagan Man
In your face!
33 posted on 05/06/2002 11:55:03 PM PDT by opinionator
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To: Texaggie79
Reagan made clear his view that individuals should be allowed to use marijuana if they wanted to.

Gee, thanks Ron. Forutnately, I'm not the type to wait for somebody else's permission to live my life.

34 posted on 05/07/2002 4:21:22 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Texaggie79
I have no problem with it.
35 posted on 05/07/2002 4:29:43 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Moonman62
I don't think there is any doubt that he was against legalizing pot by the time he was President.

No doubt?! HA! I see we are supposed to take your rampant speculation that Reagan was against MJ by the time he was president, because why, you said so? We're not supposed to doubt your speculation, but we are supposed to doubt what the man said on tape?

What is it like in your strange little world?

36 posted on 05/07/2002 5:55:24 AM PDT by realpatriot71
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To: Texaggie79

"Ha! Look at me! I'm stoned as a muthaf**ka! Hey, is that pizza?!"

37 posted on 05/07/2002 5:57:44 AM PDT by realpatriot71
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To: nunya bidness
"We were running rum."

A fine AMERICAN tradition....

redrock

38 posted on 05/07/2002 6:04:23 AM PDT by redrock
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To: realpatriot71
No doubt?! HA! I see we are supposed to take your rampant speculation that Reagan was against MJ by the time he was president, because why, you said so? We're not supposed to doubt your speculation, but we are supposed to doubt what the man said on tape?

How old were you when Reagan was in office?

39 posted on 05/07/2002 6:10:25 AM PDT by Moonman62
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To: realpatriot71
ROFLMAO!!!
40 posted on 05/07/2002 6:17:34 AM PDT by StriperSniper
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To: Moonman62
How old were you when Reagan was in office?

Look at my profile do the math :-) Besides what is your point? Neither one of us was alive when the Foudning Father's were. Can we not talk about them because we were not born then?

41 posted on 05/07/2002 6:18:55 AM PDT by realpatriot71
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To: Moonman62
I don't think there is any doubt that he was against legalizing pot by the time he was President.

I don't think it was Ronnie; it was his idiot wife.

42 posted on 05/07/2002 6:37:01 AM PDT by William Terrell
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
Now is when we should ping, the WOD'ers let's here them spin this.
Reagan wanted to keep the kids off the stuff. But for you and me it's cool.
Way to go Ronny.
43 posted on 05/07/2002 6:39:43 AM PDT by vin-one
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To: Texaggie79
bongs for peace, dude.

"a friend with weed is a friend indeed."

44 posted on 05/07/2002 6:39:46 AM PDT by galt-jw
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To: Moonman62
I don't think there is any doubt that he was against legalizing pot by the time he was President.

I would say it differently: I don't think there is any doubt that his formal position was against legalizing pot immediately prior to and during the time he was President.

Whether he was actually against it, who knows.
45 posted on 05/07/2002 6:49:16 AM PDT by BikerNYC
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To: Central Scrutiniser
Thank god the "Joe Friday" mentality is dying out with its adherents...

I always liked Joe....
Back in his heyday, our communities were safe and you didn't have to worry much about addicts, pedophiles or other lowlife scum molesting children or mugging the elderly. I guess it's time that the local Neighborhood Watch exercise their 2nd Amendment rights and arm themselves as a militia to drive out the riffraff.

47 posted on 05/07/2002 7:05:46 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Central Scrutiniser;douglaskc;ladydoc;Cultural Jihad;Kevin Curry
Well Central you forgot DouglasKC, he is always good for an anti drug comment.
But even I have noticed that there are fewer and fewer
WOD'ers, are they finally seeing the light, or are they chicken
I also saw that thread, and wondered where they were,
some over zealous Drug Warrior kills a man over tiny amount of pot,
That is a good use of our tax money.

Well WODer's what do you think, was Ronny right on this one.
and by the way his statement was 1979 right before he was elected Pres.
49 posted on 05/07/2002 7:10:18 AM PDT by vin-one
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