Mitt Romney in an interview with the Denver Post had some very specific phrasing when he was talking about cannabis policy in Colorado, making it seem like he supports medical cannabis:
“I oppose marijuana being used for recreational purposes and I believe the federal law should prohibit the recreational use of marijuana,” he said.
Wait, what?! He didn’t say anything about the thriving medical cannabis industry in Colorado, which brought in an estimated $1.7 Billion in sales in 2011. All he said he opposed was the recreational use of cannabis. Does this mean that Mitt Romney’s position on medical cannabis has changed, and he now opposes President Obama’s unpopular federal crackdown on state law compliant medical cannabis dispensaries?
It would make sense to do so, since nationally support for medical cannabis hovers anywhere between 70 and 80 percent, depending on the poll. Supporting the right of doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients could really kickstart his campaign, which isn’t doing too well lately.
Sadly Romney isn’t that smart. From the Washington Post:
“Governor Romney has a long record of opposing the use of marijuana for any reason,” a campaign spokesperson said. “He opposes legalizing drugs, including marijuana for medicinal purposes. He will fully enforce the nation’s drug laws, and he will oppose any attempts at legalization.”
Oh well. There’s a reason I’m voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, who has consistently supported the legalization of medical cannabis, as well as ending the War on Drugs.