Supporting Medical Marijuana Is Smart Politics

This exchange between Bill Richardson and Stuart Cooper of Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana shows the political wisdom of supporting compassionate policies. Richardson discusses his efforts to protect patients in New Mexico, and describes the broader drug war as a failure, then appeals to Cooper for support:

Richardson: By the way, I hope you can get me some votes. I haven't won too many votes with that one. You should see the letter I got from the Sheriff's Association, but sometimes you gotta do the right thing. It's the right thing.

Cooper: Sir, 80% of New Hampshire voters agree with you.

Richardson: Do they?

Cooper: Yes sir.

Richardson: Will you tell them?

Already on the presidential campaign trail, Richardson was nonetheless surprised to learn that his support for medical marijuana would resonate with a huge majority of voters.

That was July 16. By August 17, Richardson had sent a letter to President Bush demanding that ONDCP stop threatening his state's new medical marijuana program. He also ordered the NM Dept. of Health to move forward despite federal intimidation. All of this is displayed proudly on his presidential campaign site.

The point here isn’t that Richardson is trying to win the favor of voters. He already supported medical marijuana, but stepped up his efforts after learning that it was safe and, in fact, smart to do so. By taking this message to the other candidates, we might get more than just a promise to end the federal raids.

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aces

this is one fine man he has my vote and will win .

failed drug war and your vote

Aces,

If you are choosing just one issue to vote on, Dr Ron Paul wants to abolish the DEA and stop the failed drug war. He has said it many times. It is not just the use of medical marijuana he is talking about! He has talked about the failed drug war, many times, in the past. You needed to look and you tube and , also, google his name! Ron Paul 2008!

too bad...

too bad that richardson is so bad on so many other issues...

Ron Paul

Mainstream media is doing it's best to blackball Ron Paul. What passes for "news" is in reality just government propaganda. There are many reasons for Ron Paul to be elected, drug policy is only one. He is an honest stand up citizen. It's too bad that the "system" is rigged.
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Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a shining light in who really cares about his country and the people in it. A man of vision. I'm not even a US Citizen, and I'm excited about what he stands for.
If we had a bloke like this in Australia he'd get my vote for sure.
Stopping the drug war is of prime importance. I'd like to go further, I like to see those who've so rigorously supported this evil war on drugs to be brought to real justice.

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