Herman Cain Supports the Legalization of Marijuana
Published on 2011-11-17 04:45:00
Herman Cain Supports the States Rights to Legalize Marijuana
At a campaign stop in Urbandale, Iowa, Tuesday, Republican presidential
candidate Herman Cain said he supports letting states establish their
own laws regarding medical marijuana.
"If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that's a state's right," Cain said, according to NBC News.
"Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these
issue --most of them belong at the state, because when you do something
federally . . . you try to force one-size-fits-all."
Cain is not the first, and he won't be the last to back some level of legalization for Marijuana. Cain's
fellow GOP presidential candidates Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Gov.
Rick Perry have also voiced support for allowing state and local
discretion on the issue. Although Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on the issue I can even see him Decriminalizing Marijuana due to the fact that his wife suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The federal government restricts consumption of marijuana under current
law, but 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed measures to
allow use of the drug in some form, causing friction between federal and
state authorities. Despite support in years past from President Obama
for reforming federal marijuana laws, the Drug Enforcement Agency
continues to raid dispensaries that operate where marijuana use is
legal on the state level.
A Gallup Poll conducted in October
found that half of the United States population supports legalizing the drug.
[via Chris Moody | The Ticket]