Friday, May 27, 2011

Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty Says He's Opposed to Medical Marijuana Legalization

Tim Pawlenty, who announced last week that he will be running for president in 2012, gave a speech in front of the Libertarian think-tank the Cato Institute Wednesday and when he was asked by Marijuana Policy Project's Bob Capecchi why he vetoed a bill to legalize medical pot when he was governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty replied:
“Marijuana? Yeah,” Pawlenty said. “Well… I stood with law enforcement on this issue. We just have a respectful difference on this issue. It’s not something I support, and it’s because I defer to the judgment, wisdom, and experience of law enforcement as it relates to that issue.”
You can see video of the question and answer here:

What bugs me about Pawlenty's response is that instead of giving his own opinion on the issue, he 'defers' to law enforcement. Why? Can't he make up his own mind? This is an important issue after all. I can't stand when politicians do this kind of thing. Instead of doing research on marijuana and talking to patients and learning about the truth, Pawlenty rejects medical marijuana because the cops tell him it's bad. Are the police really the best source of advice on medical matters? I think not.

Now compare Pawlenty's views on marijuana with Ron Paul's, who always gives a well-thought out, intelligent response to questions about pot:

Ron Paul is nobody's bitch! He tell's it like it is! He's the only politician I know of that actually cuts through the bullshit and gets to the truth. I really hope he gets elected.
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