Magazine article Reason

Spliff Split: Candidates on Marijuana

Magazine article Reason

Spliff Split: Candidates on Marijuana

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ON JULY 25, the same day the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided 10 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County, the U.S. House of Representatives once again rejected a measure aimed at stopping the DEA'S interference with the therapeutic use of cannabis in the 12 states where it's legal. The 262-165 vote displayed a clear partisan tilt, with 66 percent of Democrats supporting the amendment and 92 percent of Republicans opposing it.

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A similar split can be seen among the two major parties' presidential candidates. According to Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana, all of the eight declared candidates for the Democratic nomination have promised to call off the DEA's raids if elected.

By contrast, only two of the nine Republican candidates-Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Rep.Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)-have said they oppose the DEA raids. Five GOP candidates have said they would continue the current policy. …

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