Does Hermain Cain Support Medical Marijuana?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/18/2011 in Medical Marijuana News
With many claiming Obama’s raids on legal marijuana dispensaries in California and Washington are putting him in the fast lane for a one-term presidency, all eyes are on the Republican candidates that are duking it out to take Obama’s place to see what the future will hold for marijuana in America. In the marijuana community, hopes are that if the country does go red and a Republican candidate becomes President, the man or woman at the helm is in support of this valuable medicine.
Gary Johnson has already announced his support of marijuana loud and clear, stating that the ongoing war on drugs has been a failure and recognizing the voting power of the pot community. And of course Ron Paul is on our side, the Republican candidate who teamed up with Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to introduce federal legislation that would explicitly exempt patients from federal arrest and prosecution.
But is Hermain Cain a supporter of medical marijuana as well?
The Republican presidential candidate has often dodged the question of whether he supports medical marijuana. Remember back in August when he walked away from cameras after being asked about his position on cannabis? But on Tuesday at a campaign stop in Urbandale, Iowa, he broke his silence on the issue, saying that he thinks the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries should be left to the states.
“If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that’s a state’s right,” said Cain, as reported by NBC News. “Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issues — most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally … you try to force one-size-fits-all.”
These sentiments are similar to that of Republican candidate Rick Perry, who also supports a state approach to the question of medical cannabis. It sounds like politicians are finally listening to the majority of Americans who support medical use of marijuana as well as marijuana legalization. So what does this mean for the future of marijuana in America?
“The fact that mainstream presidential candidates like Herman Cain and Rick Perry are saying that their administrations would respect states’ rights to implement medical marijuana laws shows just how far this debate has come,” said Tom Angell, spokesman for the legalization advocacy group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Agnell continues: “Support for reforming our marijuana laws is no longer considered a third rail of politics — if it ever was one — and politicians are increasingly realizing that it is a good move to align themselves with the 80 percent of the public that supports medical marijuana. On the other hand, let’s remember that candidates Bush and Obama both made similar statements while campaigning, and look where that got us. We still need to bridge the disconnect between popular sentiment and public policy when it comes to medical marijuana.”