Earlier today we told you about Ron Paul‘s latest stance on legalizing marijuana and how he believes this is really an issue that should be regulated at the state level–not the federal level. If he has his way come next November, Paul would insist that each state should be allowed to make their own marijuana laws. Some are applauding this view and agreeing that the federal government’s job is not to control what we do or don’t put in our bodies. On the other hand, opponents believe this policy could end up being highly controversial with inconsistent laws from one state to the next that would just end up in more drug trafficking and medical marijuana injustices.
Previously, Paul told CNN why he believes he is right–at least when it comes to medical marijuana:
You can at least let sick people have marijuana because it’s helpful. But the compassionate conservatives say, well we can’t do this, we’re going to put people who are sick and dying with cancer and are being helped with marijuana if they have multiple sclerosis — the federal government is going in there and overriding state laws and putting people like that in prison.
He went on to say that the federal government has no business being involved in this:
I think the federal war on drugs is a total failure. The drug war is out of control. I fear the drug war, because it undermines our civil liberties, it magnifies our problems on the borders — we spent like over the last 40 years a trillion dollars on this war and, believe me, the kids can still get the drugs. It just hasn’t worked.
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