Looks like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are no longer the only GOP presidential candidates with the sense to distance themselves from the federal government’s hideous war on medical marijuana:
URBANDALE, Iowa — GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he supports the ability of states to make medical marijuana available as a treatment for patients.
“If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that’s a state’s right,” Cain said while campaigning in Iowa. “Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issues — most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally … you try to force one-size-fits-all.” [MSNBC]
Of course, the trampling of state’s rights is just one of a hundred reasons to support medical marijuana, and Cain could’ve impressed me a lot by going a little further. But this will do. Cain’s argument ought to be embraced by every candidate who identifies as Republican, regardless of their views on medical marijuana itself. The failure of leading republicans to respect state’s rights on this issue is an embarrassment to the party.
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