So now there are three Republicans running for president with a better stance on state medical marijuana laws than President Obama:
(MSNBC.com) ”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.”
That sentiment wouldn’t necessarily make Cain the only Republican candidate who’s sympathetic to marijuana rights. Texas Rep. Ron Paul supports the availability of medical marijuana, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson supports the drug’s overall legalization.
When it comes to medical pot, an April 2010 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 61 percent of Republicans favored legalization, while 37 percent of Republicans opposed that. Self-described conservatives even split in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, 54-44 percent.
The weight of this issue is becoming too much for Republicans desperate to unseat Obama to ignore. Medical marijuana enjoys more than 75% support nationwide and majority support in any demographic group you care to choose. Support for outright legalization is up to 50% nationwide and is rising over the past three polls in every demographic group except “self-described liberals”.
Of course, Obama said a lot of “states rights” type rhetoric on the campaign trail in 2007 and 2008 as well. We see how that turned out.
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