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Rick Santorum Responds to Marijuana, States Rights Questions at 2011 Ames Straw Poll; Bachmann, Cain, Refuse to Answer

I went to the Ames Straw Poll last month in the hopes of hearing 2012 Republican candidates speak about marijuana legalization. Before attending, I did some research into where the 2012 candidates stand on marijuana and shared my findings here on WeedPress.

While at the Straw Poll, after voting for Rick Parry, I ran into Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Marni Steadham, who had some questions for candidates Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Santorum. Here’s the videos from those exchanges.

Marni asked Rick Santorum the following question:

“I was wondering if, given that in 2012, there’s [states that are going to] legalize marijuana, if your Department of Justice would recognize state’s rights, or if you would you go after [those states]?”

See Santorum’s reply in the video below:

So if elected President of the United States, Rick Santorum would support federal prohibition of marijuana, because….

“I would think that would be an activity that is not consistent with American values.” –Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum’s “American Values” response is at odds with former United States Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who talked about marijuana in a recent Reddit.com Q&A session. Check out this exchange regarding federal regulations between Mr. Reich and an audience member:

“If you could eliminate a single federal regulation and replace it with some other regulation (or nothing at all), what would it be and why?”

“I’d start by legalizing marijuana.” –Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich

Robert Reich has it right: federal prohibition of marijuana needs to end. If the Ames Straw Poll is any indication, it’s going to be tough to get the 2012 politicians to address this issue head-on anytime soon. The response from Rick Santorum, who placed 4th at the Ames Straw Poll, was actually the best response Marni or I got from the three candidates she encountered at the Straw Poll. Here’s what happened when we tried to track down Herman Cain:


And lastly, after four long hours, Marni managed to track down 2011 Straw Poll Winner Michelle Bachmann after her win, who completely ignored Marni’s states rights question regarding medical marijuana:

Huge thank you to Marni for her hard work at the 2011 Ames Straw Poll. Follow WeedPress on Facebook for future posts, and if you happen to know when the 2012 Republican candidates will be in your area next, get like Marni! The more pressure we put on these people, the quicker this madness will end, so grab your cell phone, grab your daily dose of “American Values,” and stand up to these lying politicians!

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