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U.S.: Presidential Candidate Rubio Wants To Enforce Federal Law In Marijuana States

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Prospective candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination continued their baffling verbal assault on cannabis this week, as Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined Chris Christie in pledging a federal crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana.

Asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would "enforce the federal drug laws and shut down the marijuana trade," Rubio answered: "I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don’t agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don’t have a right to write federal policy as well…

"I don’t believe we should be in the business of legalizing additional intoxicants in this country for the primary reason that when you legalize something, what you’re sending a message to young people is it can’t be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn’t be legal," said Rubio, revealing his distressingly murky thought process around the subject.

"In addition to enforcing the rest of the Controlled Substances Act, U.S. Attorneys are still pursuing marijuana cases in Colorado and Washington, just not in a way that shuts down the state-legal industry," said Jacob Sullum at Reason. "Rubio apparently opposes that policy of prosecutorial forbearance."

U.S.: Gov. Chris Christie Promises To Crack Down On Marijuana If Elected President

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

If you want to see a massive marijuana crackdown in the United States, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is your guy.

Christie made an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Tuesday and claimed he will "crack down" on states that have legalized marijuana if he becomes President in the future, reports Carimah Townes at ThinkProgress.

"Marijuana is a gateway drug," Christie claimed, ignoring scientific studies showing otherwise. "We have an enormous addiction problem in this country. And we need to send very clear leadership from the White House on down through the federal law enforcement.

"Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law," Christie said. "And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it."

Asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal marijuana prohibition in Washington, Colorado and other states that legalize recreational cannabis, the Governor responded, "Absolutely. I will crack down and not permit it."

Christie's hardline stance might not prove very popular with voters. According to the latest results from Pew Research Center, 53 percent of Americans favor marijuana legalization.

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