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Mitt Romney: I Will Fight Medical Marijuana Tooth and Nail

Last week the Republicans held their convention and officially nominated Mitt Romney for president.  Tonight the Democratic National Convention will get underway.  Similar to the RNC, the Democrats will have many high profile speakers, including former President Bill Clinton who will speak later in the week.  We hope the bizarre Clint Eastwood chair incident will teach the Democrats an important lesson and stay on message, engaging the public on the issues that are important.  As many issues including the economy, abortion, and foreign policy will be discussed, marijuana reform and the war on drugs are not likely to be mentioned.

On the 2008 campaign trail President Obama took a friendlier tone to medical marijuana than the recent federal raids suggests.  In all fairness, we at marijuana.net have called him out on what appears to be a policy shift, or at the very least misleading.  However, he does still respect patients and has vowed not to arrest any patients.  He has kept that promise.  While politics as usual will not be enough for patients and activists, that may be what we have here.  Many analysts believe a second Obama term would see a friendlier atmosphere toward medical marijuana.  Some even believe he could finally reschedule.  Of course no one knows for sure what the president may or may not do.

However, we are pretty certain a Mitt Romney presidency could be disastrous for medical marijuana patients and legalization advocates.  Mitt Romney infamously walked away from a wheelchair bound patient who was asking if Romney would arrest him for using medical marijuana.  Romney sidestepped the question and never fully answered it.  However, in an uncharacteristic move Romney stated his views on marijuana reform very directly in a video we recently uncovered.  Addressing a crowd Romney utilized the typical and outdated talking points that marijuana is a gateway drug and that leads to an entrance into “the drug culture”.  He went on to say that medical marijuana was an excuse to legalize totally.  While many activists believe in legalization, there are many patients out there who rely on medical cannabis.  Their quality of life would be severely damaged without it.

The issue may not creep up too much as the candidates will surround themselves in very scripted atmospheres.  Unless one of the debate moderators decides raise the issue it is unlikely we will get to hear an exchange between Romney and Obama on the issue.  While many have not been thrilled with the president’s approach, patients should be terrified of what Mitt Romney has said.  Also in the video we mentioned above, is Romney swearing to fight medical marijuana “tooth and nail”.  We have not heard him take a passionate stance on much or even address issues directly so it is surprising that this is the issue Romney would take his stance on.

However, can we even be sure he believes in this anti-marijuana stance, as the elastic politician has successfully secured the GOP nomination while simultaneously flipping his position on almost every relevant social issue.  Perhaps marijuana will join abortion, TARP, the auto bailout, government healthcare, the stimulus, Ronald Reagan, global warming, and the many other issues Mitt Romney has altered his view on.  The Mitt Romney we watched on television Thursday addressing the attendees of the Republican National Convention looks nothing like (except  in hair style and choice of suit) the candidate who ran against Ted Kennedy for the US Senate in 1994, won the Massachusetts governorship in 2002, or even ran against John McCain in the 2008 primaries.  The silver lining for patients is that Mitt Romney is never married to his words and clearly reads polls.  With 75% of the country supporting medical marijuana, there is a good chance he will abandon an anti-marijuana policy.


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7 Responses to “Mitt Romney: I Will Fight Medical Marijuana Tooth and Nail”

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    regulate dont hate September 4, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I am sure he has spent very little time in coming to this conclusion. Not exactly a well thought out plan. Oh well thats Mitt Romney

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    Daytimetoker September 4, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    He is the worst kind of politician. Completly ignorant and narrow-minded. He will pursue idiotic goals validated simply by the fact that he will go after them no matter what the cost. Great… remind you of anyone?

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    y2tweed September 4, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    its not like im excited about this election either way but I think Romney is bad for medical marijuana.

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    Killer the dog September 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I heard about Romney putting his dog on the roof which already scared me. Now this story. Grrrrr

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    Sir SmokesAlot September 6, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Romney would be horrible for Americans not just because of medical marijuana. But it only makes you wonder if he can be so close minded to something with so much overwhelming evidence to show the opposite is true. Makes you wonder what kind of head he will have when presented with concrete evidence suggesting NOT to go to war for some reason.

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    Chief IronLung September 6, 2012 at 9:28 am #


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      Midnight Toker September 10, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      Right on! He is the obvious representation of that wonderful 1% we have been hearing about over the last years.

      Bill Maur is great on all this, he cuts through the bullshit and calls everyone out on their crap. Especially right in their face on his show, they give their typical unchallenged auto-response garbage which is pushed on all of these other networks owned by the special interested who benefit from not challenging the blatant misinformation they spout regularly .

      And they don’t even know how to respond when he does, they have no choice but to sit there and look stupid. Well done! Sorry I just feel like I get the same vibes and intelligent points on this subject from both sources…

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