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Presidential Candidates 2016 on Marijuana

Presidential Candidates 2016 on Marijuana - The Rest of the Story

Presidential Candidates 2016 on Marijuana

In our Presidential Candidate's poll, Bernie Sanders came out on top, just a fraction ahead of Paul Rand and Donald Trump.  Is it any coincidence - that two of our top three place finishers in our Medical Marijuana Candidate Contest - made it to the final round for the nomination?  

The reality is, even if you believe their promises - to date, not ONE of the candidates has demonstrated significant effectiveness at the Federal level for the cause of Medical /  Recreational Marijuana.  

It would appear that losing candidates with their anti-Marijuana stance, contributed  in-part to the idea that these candidates were out of step with the times, out of step with reality outside their stately offices .   Maybe it is no coincidence that the "stale-old fogie" rhetoric of Bush, Huckabee, Carson et.al - on MMJ and across the board - caused voters to throw them in the ditch so quickly. 

With almost all the candidates, it's  the new boss is the same as the old boss, all over again, with the only exception being enigmatic Donald Trump.  You might want to add Sanders to the list, but he's a career politician through and through - never had a real job beyond schmoozing.  Certainly Rand Paul is different, but it is not his time nor place to rock the world.

The logic used in assessing friends and foes of Marijuana is simple and adheres basic principles of business success - in the real world.  Sorry, but the Federal government almost singularly created the problems for Marijuana and Hemp.  It is special interest factions of the Federal government that continue to fight, - tooth and nail - against common sense and the will of the populace, not only in America but at the UN level. The UN is still dodging and debating around the reality; their Marijuana and Drug policy has failed brutally over the decades, as demonstrated by global crime and drug statistics showing a continual mind-boggling deterioration over that past 30 years. 

 

Trump, Sanders, and Paul's Common MMJ policy that make them the Bomb.

  • Medical Marijuana should be legal across the country  for legit cases.
  • I'm not necessarily in favor of recreational use, but let the individual States decide as it is their right specified in the constitution.
  • Legalization of drugs will cut the legs off these creatin drug dealers and wipe them out,
  • Billions of $ in Tax revenues from MMJ can be used to pay for drug rehab and health care.

 

 If you want change, same old - same old is not the way to go.

Common adjectives to describe politicians might include; song and dance man, sociopath, salesman, narcissist, establishment whore.  Probably the most damning adjective of the lot should be - career politician.  What career politician was ever thought of as a great President?  America's greatest Presidents; Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy, Roosevelt  all brought a lifetime of experience and skills to office - as compared many of today's candidates - equipped only with ass kissing degrees. Pile it higher and deeper.

As we analyze the data, literally every candidate eventually said something favorable toward the legalization of Marijuana.  You have to wonder about politicians that do a full 180 on their "unwavering stand".  All said and done, there is no one on the list that has done much for the cause of Marijuana.  Maybe "new blood" in Sanders and Trump will positively change Fed Policies to end the total disaster that is the War on Drugs.  We'll see.

 

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And Now ......  The Rest of the Story;......2016 Presidential Candidates on Marijuana - Friend or Foe.

 

Marco Rubio Presidential Marijuana Score: + 7

Ever smoke Marijuana? “If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t believe me."

 

Score

  • Integrity zero
  • Acumen **
  • Marijuana IQ  zero
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use zero
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis **
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana zero
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence *
  • Has tried Marijuana *
  • Against the War on Drugs, Marijuana *

 

Funding

Individual Contributions                                   $38,872,295    (90%)

 - Small Individual Contributions                     $30,254,288    (70%)

 - Large Individual Contributions                     $9,646,258      (22%)

 - Candidate self-financing                             $0                    (0%)

 

Rubio in a Nutshell

In his rhetoric, Rubio equates Recreational Marijuana to alcohol, while the consensus opinion of users, law enforcement and scientists is that there is no comparison between the two.  Gem Ruby says that the nation pays a terrible price for alcohol abuse and Marijuana legalization would mean double trouble.  Of course Rubio never brought up any statistical evidence for his claim.  Regarding Medical Marijuana he has no opinion that demonstrates acumen..  The best he offers is that - if the FDA calls it a medicine (MMJ) he'd go along with that.  Rubio believes that it is OK for the Federal Government to infringe on an individual state's right to make their Marijuana laws.  While his score is not the worst, he's useless to the MMJ cause.

 

On the Issue

  • Medical Marijuana could be OK, but not recreational use. (Aug 2015)
  • No responsible way to recreationally use Marijuana. (May 2015)
  • Legalizing would be a mistake; reduce sentences carefully. (Apr 2015)
  • There is no responsible way to recreationally use Marijuana. (May 2014)
  • Enforce Federal laws even where states have legalized pot. (May 2014)
  • 1987: Brother-in-law imprisoned for drug conviction. (Jun 2012)
  • Brother-in-law's trial prosecuted by House member's spouse. (Jun 2012)
  • Teach students skills to avoid gangs, violence, & drugs. (Nov 2006)

 

Jeb Bush - Republican     Presidential Marijuana Score: + 2

Ever smoke Marijuana?  "Forty years ago I smoked Marijuana and I admit it, my mom's not happy that I just did."  

 

Score

  • Integrity  -5
  • Acumen *
  • Marijuana IQ  zero
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use zero
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis *
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana ***
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence. zero
  • Has tried Marijuana **
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana zero

 

Funding

Individual Contributions                                   $32,743,038

 - Small Individual Contributions                     $1,801,227                  (5%)

 - Large Individual Contributions                     $31,026,960                (93%) 

 - Candidate self-financing                              $388,720                     (1%)

 

Jeb Bush in a Nutshell

According to our evaluation and voters' survey analysis,.Jeb's completely out of touch with nearly everybody on every issue.  He says very stupid, condescending  things about Marijuana, diatribe  that might have worked with 1960's baptists, but today his kind of bla-bla is lame and the audience tunes out pronto. 

While Marijuana is now readily available everywhere on the street  in Florida, somehow Jeb believes that legalizing it would bring in a wave of criminals growing pot,  while the reality is the opposite; legalization allows for a non-criminal business process which effectively cuts off the lifeblood-income of organized crime.  Bush claims too,  that somehow legalizing Marijuana will affect families ability to start a non-Marijuana business in Florida? 

With Bush funding being all big corp (93%) we place him firmly in the pocket of the establishment that made made Marijuana illegal in the first place. .  At least the former Florida governor said MMJ legalization should be left up to the states. Jeb Bush has proven beyond a reasonable doubt  - he's a foe of Marijuana.

 

On the Issue

  • Opposed medical Marijuana on Florida ballot question. (Sep 2015)
  • My high school drug use was "stupid" and "wrong". (Feb 2015)
  • No medical Marijuana; it's just a guise toward legalization. (Aug 2014)
  • Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border. (Mar 2013)
  • Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users. (Sep 2002)
  • Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses. (Nov 2001)
  • Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement. (Jul 1999)
  • More Federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

 

Dr. Rand Paul - Republican Presidential Marijuana Score: 38

As for his own Marijuana use? “Let’s just say I wasn’t a choirboy when I was in college.”

 

Score

  • Integrity  ****
  • Acumen *****
  • Marijuana IQ ****
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use ***
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis *****
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana *****
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence *****
  • Has tried Marijuana ***
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana *****

 

Funding

Contributions                                                   $10,078,793

 - Small Individual Contributions                     $5,499,528      (46%)

 - Large Individual Contributions$                   4,642,184        (39%)

 - Candidate self-financing                              $0                    (0%)

 

Rand Paul in a Nutshell

Rand Paul thinks the Federal Government should butt-out.

Paul has been outspoken on Marijuana, supporting legalization and decriminalization "forever'.

This is one guy we believe. 

Rand Paul says, the reality is that we all make mistakes, young people make mistakes.  Archaic laws that can bring a lifetime criminal record to a youth possessing a small amount of a mild-drug is in no one's interest; not the police, not the country, not the family, not the community.

"The people who are going to jail for this (MMJ) are poor people, often African Americans and often Hispanics, and yet the rich kids who use drugs aren’t."

Paul joined with other Marijuana friendly Senators to introduce a historic bipartisan bill that proposed to end the Federal ban on medical Marijuana.  Patients, doctors and businesses can participate in legalized state programs without fear of Federal prosecution.”

Paul also supported the Marijuana Industry by proposing that MMJ businessmen be allowed to regular banking services under the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 in the Senate.

 

On the Issue

  • More rehabilitation and less incarceration. (Sep 2015)
  • Apply 10th Amendment to let states keep pot legal. (Sep 2015)
  • Pot laws result in poor kids going to jail & not rich kids. (Sep 2015)
  • End hypocrisy and over-criminalization of Marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • Jailing people for 10 years for Marijuana is ridiculous. (Nov 2014)
  • Whites & blacks use drugs, but prisons are full of blacks. (Jul 2014)
  • War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome. (Jun 2014)
  • Don't promote Marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. (Mar 2013)
  • Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from. (Oct 2010)
  • Community treatment instead of Federal anti-drug programs. (Aug 2010)
  • Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh. (Aug 2010)
  • Favors legalizing medical Marijuana. (May 2010)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of Marijuana. (Aug 2012)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from Marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)

 

Dr. Ben Carson  Presidential Marijuana Score:  5

"Regular exposure to Marijuana in the developing brain has been proven to result in a decreased IQ......medical use of Marijuana in compassionate cases certainly has been proven to be useful.”

 

Score

  • Integrity ***
  • Acumen **
  • Marijuana IQ -3
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use zero
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis ***
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana zero
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence zero
  • Has tried Marijuana zero
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana zero

 

Funding

Individual Contributions                                   $57,001,577

 - Small Individual Contributions                     $33,653,291    (59%)

 - Large Individual Contributions                     $23,673,427    (41%) 

 - Candidate self-financing                              $25,000           (0%)

 

Ben Carson in a Nutshell

From our perspective, he's not all bad. Carson's positive score is attributed to our positive impression of him as a human being, at least above average in the political arena.  However, his track record reflects ancient non-workable attitudes and knowledge set - like the war on drugs. In other words, Carson is extinct, a dinosaur.  Still he supports Medical Marijuana and seems uphold state rights to create their own MMJ legislation - plus he's small business funded.

 

On the Issue

  • Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs. (Nov 2015)
  • Exposure to Marijuana results in decreased IQ. (Oct 2015)
  • Intensify the War on Drugs at Federal level. (Oct 2015)
  • Maybe medical Marijuana, but recreational use is a gateway. (Oct 2015)
  • Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Religion kept me away from 1960s sex and drugs. (Jan 2012)
  • Reducing blood alcohol limit to .02 reduces drunk driving. (Jan 2012)

 

Gov Chris Christie   Presidential Marijuana Score: 1 Point

Christie Tweet, ever gotten high.“The answer is no.”

 

Score

  • Integrity  ***
  • Acumen **
  • Marijuana IQ  zero
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use  zero
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis zero
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana   zero
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence   zero
  • Has tried Marijuana   zero
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana   zero
  • Comments on MMJ are inconsistent, evasive, juvenile, patronizing and ill informed.  subtract 3 points.

 

Christie in a Nutshell

Christie is a moderate who say's he never tried pot.  He's outspoken in his opposition to recreational Marijuana, but favors medical Marijuana and rehab instead of prison. Then again, he's done a 180 and said he would stomp on Colorado's rights and make Marijuana completely illegal in any form.   The read: a politician who cannot be trusted.

Superficially,  Christie's Marijuana policies resemble Donald Trump's.   But Trump scored very well while Christie was abysmal.  So what's the difference?

OK, Christie's statements lack traction.  He's without MMJ deliverables given ample opportunity; he's spent most of his career around big-time litigation, lobbying and the Federal government  Christie also appears to know virtually nothing of substance about Marijuana, hence his brutal score.  Despite his deep background in law, Christie appears to not respect the Constitution and would-if-he-could STOMP on legislators from Colorado that legalized Marijuana.   Christie will likely reappear as a hired hand for a powerful politician, where he'll probably do what he's told.

"If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it, As of January 2017, I will enforce the Federal laws."  -- Anti-constitutional dreamer Christie

 

On the Issue

Treatment, not jail, for drug addicts; it's a disease. (Nov 2015)

I support medical not recreational Marijuana. (Sep 2015)

Mandatory drug treatment, not jail, for first time dealers. (Sep 2015)

Drug addiction is a disease & it can be treated. (Jan 2015)

Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment. (Jan 2014)

1995: Applied 25% of county salary to drug addict residence. (Jun 2012)

Blocked implementation of medical Marijuana laws. (Jun 2012)

 

Carly Fiorina, Presidential Marijuana Score: 5 Points

Score

  • Integrity *
  • Acumen *
  • Marijuana IQ  zero
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use. zero
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis zero
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana ***
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence zero
  • Has tried Marijuana zero
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana zero
  • Comments on MMJ are inconsistent, evasive, juvenile, patronizing and ill informed.  subtract 0 points.

 

Fiorina in a Nutshell

Not Factor Fiorina can be summed quickly, she think's Pot is just like alcohol, she thinks it's complex and is completely unaware about Medical Marijuana science.  She salvages a few points for her willingness to adhere to the laws of the land - the division of State and Federal rights of drug legislation.

 

On the Issue

  • I'm against Marijuana legalization under all circumstances
  • She also supports states' rights.
  • I don't support legalized Marijuana for a whole host of reasons, including the fact that this is a very complex chemical substance,
  • When we tell young people it is just like drinking a beer, we are not telling them the truth,"
  • I think Colorado voters made a choice, I don't support their choice, but I do support their right to make that choice."

 

Gov. John Kasich  Presidential Marijuana Score:  2 points

Stephen Colbert & Gov. Kasich

Colbert: "    Hey K, Marijuana convictions are ruining people's lives. Did you ever smoke Marijuana?"

Gov. K:      "Yes"

Colbert:     "Were you caught smoking Marijuana?"

Gov K :       "By who? I was never arrested"

Colbert       "If you had been caught smoking Marijuana, and had it on your record, would you be the governor of Ohio right now?"                                       

Gov K:        "Maybe"

 

Note: Kasich supports recording Criminal Conviction of Marijuana users - which excludes them from EVER running for office.

Score

  • Integrity  **
  • Acumen zero
  • Marijuana IQ  zero
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use zero
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis * 
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana zero
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence *
  • Has tried Marijuana  zero
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana zero

 

Kasich in a Nutshell

The Ohio governor is adamantly opposed Marijuana—recreational and otherwise—but also considers it a states' rights issue.  His rhetoric nicely sums up his position on MMJ;  "If I happened to be president, I would lead a significant campaign down at the grassroots level to stomp these drugs out of our country."  In another statement, Kasich says he favors lowering Marijuana's Federal classification so researchers can legally study its effects.  According to Kasich, that would mean what?  We should  find out about Medical Cannabis and regardless of what is learned, Marijuana will never be legal in America? 

 

On the Issue

  • Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing. (Oct 2015)
  • The tsunami of drugs threatens families. (Aug 2015)
  • 50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs". (Feb 2015)
  • Refuse to celebrate the drug-filled lifestyle. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical Marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

 

Gov. Mike Huckabee   President Marijuana Score: 5

Score
Integrity  **

  • Acumen zero
  • Marijuana IQ  zero
  • Supports legalization of recreational Marijuana use *
  • Supports legalization of Medical Cannabis *
  • Supports Constitution, each State should decide on Medical Marijuana **
  • Considers the Recreational use of Marijuana to be a minor offence **
  • Has tried Marijuana zero
  • Against  the War on Drugs, Marijuana *zero
  • Comments on MMJ are inconsistent, evasive, juvenile and ill informed. subtract -3 points.

 

Huckabee in a Nutshell

How did Huckabee score so high, as in not zero?  He's been long time hard-core anti-Marijuana - in any form.  He contradicts himself brutally by saying that Cannabis should be banned - stomped out - across the country, then later he comments - we should watch Colorado and see what happens with their Recreational Marijuana experiment. Call Huckster's about face, personal growth then,  hah!  Then Bee says drug education does no work - but later says we need to change people's attitudes, say what?  How about this gem of wisdom from Huckster - the DEA should decide if  AIDS patients should go to jail - or not - for using Medical Marijuana.  Enough said,  Huckabee's outta here.

 

On the Issue

  • Drug courts reduce both cost & recidivism. (Apr 2015)
  • 1999: doubled methamphetamine sentences. (Dec 2007)
  • More drug courts & rehab, instead of incarceration. (Sep 2007)
  • Drug education fails; drug punishment works. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports drug courts for nonviolent drug offenders. (Jan 2007)
  • Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes. (Nov 2002)
  • Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration. (Jan 2001)
  • Informational videos don't work and never will. (Sep 1997)
  • Curb supply by eradication; change attitudes to curb demand. (Nov 1992)
  • More Federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

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