Tomorrow’s Ames Straw Poll: Where 2012 Republican Candidates Stand on Marijuana

I can’t seem to find a decent source that accurately summarizes all of tomorrow’s Ames Straw Poll participants stances on marijuana, medical marijuana, or the war on drugs, so I’ll just go ahead and make one here. Candidate websites will be referenced at the end of this post.

According to the official website for tomorrow’s much-anticipated straw poll, here are tomorrow’s candidates:

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann
Herman Cain
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter
Congressman Ron Paul
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Senator Rick Santorum
Speaker Newt Gingrich
Governor Jon Huntsman
Governor Mitt Romney

Here’s their stances:

Michelle Bachmann:
–Michelle’s substance-lacking website does not provide information on the drug war at all, let alone marijuana. For the life of me, I cannot find any solid stance from her.

Herman Cain:

–Has reportedly said that drug cartels should be labeled terrorist organizations.

Thaddeus McCotter:

— In 2006, NORML gave McCotter a -20 rating (“hard on drugs”).

Ron Paul:

–Ron Paul has called the War on Drugs a “complete failure” and has been calling for the legalization of hemp for economical purposes for a long time.

Tim Pawlenty:
–Vetoed medical marijuana in 2008 after the most conservative medical marijuana bill in the nation passed the Minnesota House and Senate.

Rick Santorum:
–Despite having smoked pot when he was in college, Santorum voted in 1999 to raise penalties for drug offenses.

Newt Gingrich:
–As House Speaker, Gingrich advocated that Congress institute a death penalty for pot smugglers and other drug dealers. In 1996 he introduced HR 4170, the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996, which called for a life sentence or death penalty for anyone bringing more than 2 ounces of drugs into the country.

Jon Huntsman:

Watch this YouTube video by New Hampshire activist Nick Murray. In the video, Huntsman says that he “supports states rights” to medical marijuana.

Mitt Romney:
–In the following video, the Mitt states that he is against medical marijuana, even when facing a sick patient:

Candidate websites:




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