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
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’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.
–Has reportedly said that drug cartels should be labeled terrorist organizations.
— In 2006, NORML gave McCotter a -20 rating (“hard on drugs”).
–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.
–Vetoed medical marijuana in 2008 after the most conservative medical marijuana bill in the nation passed the Minnesota House and Senate.
–Despite having smoked pot when he was in college, Santorum voted in 1999 to raise penalties for drug offenses.
–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.
— Watch this YouTube video by New Hampshire activist Nick Murray. In the video, Huntsman says that he “supports states rights” to medical marijuana.
–In the following video, the Mitt states that he is against medical marijuana, even when facing a sick patient: