I love some of the things Ron Paul is saying. He’s right on Foreign Policy and very right on the Constitution. However, while running as a Libertarian for President he said and wrote some very strong statements concerning the use of Drugs in America. And for some reason, I haven’t seen any of this come up in the debates. Perhaps he’s changed his position.
From ontheissues.org Ron Paul:
* Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
* Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
* Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
* War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
* Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
* Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003
Check out these videos of Ron Paul on the Morton Downey, Jr. Show (how did that show ever make it on the air?)
Ron Paul wrote in 1987:
The Reagans, emulating Stalin, have even praised the chilling example of a child informing on his parents and urged others to follow his example. The 1980’s war on drugs has increased the U.S. prison population by 60%, while street crime has zoomed. Seventy percent of the people arrested for serious crimes are drug users. And all the evidence shows that they commit these crimes to support a habit made extremely expensive by government prohibition. Urban street crime, which terrorizes millions of Americans, is largely the creation of the U.S. drug laws. That alone is reason enough for legalization.
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Just some food for thought.