Former Republican Congressman Says Drug War Lost

Admitting that it may be “political suicide” former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo said its time to consider legalizing drugs.

He spoke Wednesday to the Lincoln Club of Colorado, a Republican group that’s been active in the state for 90 years. It’s the first time Tancredo has spoken on the drug issue. He ran for president in 2008 on an anti-illegal immigration platform that has brought him passionate support and criticism.

Tancredo noted that he has never used drugs, but said the war has failed.

“I am convinced that what we are doing is not working,” he said.

Tancredo told the group that the country has spent billions of dollars capturing, prosecuting and jailing drug dealers and users, but has little to show for it.

“It is now easier for a kid to get drugs at most schools in America that it is booze,” he said.

He said the violent drug battles in Mexico are moving north. A recent ABC News report profiled how easy it has become for violent drug cartels to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Drug enforcement officials told ABC that Denver is a hub city for distribution.

Some members of the group praised Tancredo for his honesty; others said he couldn’t be more wrong.

Richard Poole said Tancredo’s approach sends the wrong message.

“Kids will look at that and say,’Well, it must be all right because it’s legal now,'” Poole said.

Tancredo hasn’t decided if he will run for statewide office.

– Article from ABC News on May 20, 2009.



  1. Cory on

    This is amazing watching legalization coming closer and closer to use its the best feeling ever. I think the only person that isn’t taking this serious at all is barak obama, an this is because when he put up that website to see what the people wanted and could help obama himself just rejected everyone by saying no. He’s the fucking pres and should be getting more invalved with this!.

  2. Anonymous on

    Chances are bigger that they are gonna say “wow that’s not legal, let’s do it”… If it’s legal then it’s “nah, it’s legal.. must be boring”. There is no basis for saying that legalizing something will increase the use of it. Use of cannabis is lower in the Netherlands than the countries that borders the country.

  3. Mainer420 on

    I don’t know what that says about kids these days but when I was growing up.. the news, politics, etc. didn’t interest me in the slightest!

    “Kids will look at that and say,’Well, it must be all right because it’s legal now,'” Poole said.

    What kid is going to read/see/hear/ or even care about the comments that Tancredo made at the Lincoln Club of Colorado?

    Maybe I misunderstood and he’s just using the old “what about the children” line in arguing that IF it became legal it would be sending the wrong message. Well in response to that…if he was truly concerned about the kids he would jump on the legalization band wagon so that it goes into the hands of of licensed stores that would actually “I.D.” the person purchasing the marijuana. Does he not realize kids these days can get marijuana a heck of a lot easier than alcohol??