The marijuana industry supports Paul as president in no unclear terms.
As a GOP heavyweight, you may ask yourself why the marijuana industry supports Paul and, more importantly, why Paul supports them. The answers are both straightforward and many.
According to the Daily Independent, Paul’s war-chest has seen sizable donations, both directly to his campaign as well as his supporting SuperPACs from marijuana advocates. As a conservative, this might seem confusing. Is Paul courting liberals in his campaign?
This could not be further from the truth. What you are witnessing are libertarian values at work. Let’s look at some facts on marijuana for a more clear understanding. CNN cited some relevant figures. In 2005, the drug trade accounted for $320 billion. At the same time, while there were 230 million drug users, 90% were not something classified as problematic by a UN study. Not only has our war on drugs not lowered marijuana use, it has come at a huge price tag. In the same year, we wasted an estimated $41 billion fighting drug use while foregoing nearly $46 billion in tax revenues had we legalized it. That’s nearly $100 billion in lost revenue and wasted Federal dollars spent on something relatively non-malignant.
Now, of course, it can be argued that a drug that poses any danger should remain illegal. But it requires us to forgo all sense of reason to try and justify why alcohol is legal and not marijuana. Professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Aaron Carroll, recently told CBS News of his research on whether marijuana or alcohol were safer:
“After going through all the data and looking at which is more dangerous in almost any metric you would pick, pot really looks like it’s safer than alcohol. So I guess if I had to choose, that would be the answer. . . On the other hand, the number of crimes that are committed that have some sort of alcohol component related to them are massive — hundreds of thousands a year, if not more. . . It’s far worse than what’s going on with pot.”
Carroll went on to note that most crime associated with marijuana, unlike alcohol, was directly related to it being an illegal substance and the crimes associated with obtaining it. That, in a nutshell, is why you will see Paul in support of marijuana. It is not in support of a drug, but rather in support of deregulating something the Federal government has some bizarre, pathological inclination to attack when combating it has been a waste of money; it infringes on people’s civil liberties; and it is demonstrably less dangerous than alcohol. This McCarthy era hostility has no place in a Federal government already rife with overreach and overspending, in desperate need of revenue and needing to support small, new start-up business ventures.
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Written by Mark Davis
Photo courtesy of Cannabis Culture, Flickr CC BY 2.0
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