Sarah Palin Calls Marijuana “Minimal Problem”

That’s right, pot smokers: You have something of an ally in Sarah Palin.

The former Alaska governor appeared on Fox Business Network last night, along with libertarian-leaning Republican Rep. Ron Paul. Paul is a longtime advocate of decriminalizing drugs at a federal level and leaving the issue to the states, something Palin would not endorse.

“If we’re talking about pot, I’m not for the legalization of pot,” Palin said, as Politico first noted. “I think that would just encourage especially our young people to think that it was OK to just go ahead and use it.”

But she went on to say that police should not focus on arresting people who use marijuana recreationally.

“I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts,” Palin said. “And if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society.”

She added that marijuana use “relatively speaking” is a “minimal problem” in the country.

Palin has admitted to smoking when it was legal for personal use in Alaska, saying she “can’t…say that I never inhaled.” The state recriminalized the drug in 2006.

In the Fox Business interview, Paul said the federal government should get out of the war on drugs, calling it a “useless battle.”

“Just nullify all those laws,” he said.

Watch the discussion above. The conversation about marijuana begins at the 13:00 mark.

– Article from CBS News.



  1. Anonymous on

    Do you hafta comment on every single column on this site, ray christl? It’s getting like your trying to beat a guiness record or something. It’s getting to the point I’m scanning down the comments section to pick out your ravings so I can just bypass them.

  2. beatnuck on

    But she admitted to inhaling! More evidence that people who have actually tried the stuff realize it is not as harmful as those who have not tried the stuff would have us believe.

    Looks like the Republicans have figured it out. If they legalize marijuana, the Democrats will be shut out of office for decades. If Harper and the Conservatives legalize pot, the Liberals will be shut out of office for decades. Something that is beyond the comprehension of the alcohol-addled brain of Michael Ignatieff.

    Legalizing pot is simply good politics. If Harper legalizes pot, I’ll never vote Liberal again! (And I have never, ever voted Conservative before in 30 years of voting.)

  3. David762 on

    She should have been asked about legalizing methamphetamine, since that seems to be the illicit drug of choice in her Alaska neighborhood. Cannabis, not so much anymore — Alaska re-criminalized it. No big surprise, that. It’s the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal Republican Party in control of Alaska.

  4. David762 on

    so do Dennis Kucinich, Barney Frank, and Bernie Sanders! Hell’s bells, I think that even Jim Webb gets it. But I haven’t seen or heard any other politicians of national prominence, Republican or Democratic, that get it, at least publicly. And that is what counts, isn’t it. I wouldn’t trust opportunist Sarah Palin.

    But the only USA political party that will, as a party, stand behind the progressive movement to eliminate both the War on Drugs and Prohibition 2.0 is the Green Party –> In fact, if you take a look at a somewhat biased comparison between political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party would appear to be joined at the (corporate cash) hip: –> .

    Don’t count on the national Democratic Party or the Obama administration to be friends of cannabis — they’re not, in spite of Obama’s bullshit rant “Of course I inhaled. That was the point.”

    Disclaimer: I do not smoke or otherwise consume cannabis. But like I told my bat-shite crazy Palinista sister, “You don’t have to be a cannabis user to be a cannabis advocate.” Under different circumstances in a different location where cannabis is legal, that might change. I saw a signature line from someone on the internet that I wish I could attribute this sentiment to: “I would rather smoke legal marijuana medically, rather than medical marijuana legally.” I concur. Register to vote, then vote “YES”.

  5. Rip torn Overkill on

    This woman is fucking insane. “Oh yeah ok dont cha know. I don’t believe in legalizing rather i think people should break the law in their houses don’t cha know” Fuck you You crazy cracked out bitch. You make no sense what so fucking ever.

  6. ray christl THC Media Asia on

    are blowing with their VOTES influencing Ms.Palin towards neutral position on pot smoking in the social conservative agenda. The old is being quickly usurped by the Judge Napolitano ,Ron Paul,and even Alex Jones (prisonplanet tv)patriot/gun fetish PALEOCONSERVATIVE party.Thet are taking over the Republican infrastructure,and a huge right wing metamorphosis is underway.Obama is much more reagan then Ron Paul concerning CC family.Rep.Bob Barr was loathed by us hemp activists in 1990.Today,he’s a proud pro hemp/maijuana paleo/libertarian tea bag etc..get the idea VOTES tend to move people along with deductive facts.Also,i’m not saying we should believe all the hyperbole of these folks,but on cannabis they nail it.

  7. GanjaBagger on

    Sarah Palin is a “Social Conservative”, just like Ronald Reagan was. She will say anything to gather popularity and votes, but ultimately if she were elected she would follow the “Social Conservative” agenda of the Religious wing of the Republican Party. To this day that agenda has been to support the “War on Drugs”, a failed policy indeed.

  8. Anonymous on

    Dont believe a word she said the man said. Well what the fuck did Obama did when elected president ? Legalize marijuana, stop killing dogs in botched raids ? No, prohibition at its best thats what we got with Obama and a big bonus from the BP company : the worst environmental disaster in the US story. all that thanks to Obama.If I was American I would vote Sarah because she simply can not be worse than Obama and his Toxic Sludge. I’m sure pelicans will get more protection under Sarah than Obama

  9. Anonymous on

    Stop trying to find a friend in a person who is our declared enemy. Just because she does not act as visciously as some other drug warriors does not mean she is our frind. One must be depressed and desparate to fanasize that Palin is an ally. The truth is that Alaska decriminbalized marijuana in 1975 but never legalized it. One back then could legally have an once and grow up to 25 plants. Today an once, even at home is a misdemeanor with 90 days jail time. As long as its on the books Alaska should be concidered to have recriminalized marijuana. I am sick and tired of those who confuse the nonenforcement of the law with legalization. As lopng as the law,be it enforced or not is on the books were oppressed. If the control and tax initiative passes in California this yearit will be genuine freedom we will have won. It will be nothing like Alaska in the period prior to recriminalization except that growing was allowed. Alaskans need to legalize and not be satisfied with the illusion that they are still living underb the old decriminalization regime. All Palin has done is that marijuana enforcement wastes a lot of resources and that someone toking in the privacy of their home is not a violent menace to society. This does not add up to support for us. She uses the old reactionary argument about “children” and expects us to excuse her for taking her NAZI p[osition because she is a mother. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are libertarian republicans who are our genuine allies. Sarah Palin is simply an enemy, a wolf in sheeps clothing, nothing more, nothing less.

  10. parksvillain on

    a complete schister. All she cares about is advancing the conservative agenda and making her cronies rich. She would do whatever she could to get rid of pot.

    Paul has way more experience, intelligence and is wise to Palin’s game. It’s nice because unlike even Obama, he ain’t playin games.

  11. MOTFA on

    “If we’re talking about pot, I’m not for the legalization of pot,” Palin said, as Politico first noted. “I think that would just encourage especially our young people to think that it was OK to just go ahead and use it.”

    For once sarah you and i agree. Oh wait a minute i just re read what you said but replaced it with alcohol and tobacco.

    Dumb bitch.

  12. ray christl THC MEDIA ASIA on

    vative tea-bag movement.Judge Nap/Ron Paul,and even the extreme Alex Jones totally get CIA-MAFIA_BUSH-DEA cabal of global evil,and they are the intelligentsia.Remember when you say MAFIA that includes nomothetic church/temple/mosque sumptuary law.These “patriot” voices have the real hemp/cannabis vote,and Pailin is moving within the body politic.A good thing for FREE MARC eventually!?They KNOW church/state/mafia nexus is the bane of humanity,yet they want people to wake and VOTE YES.Everyday they say vote marijuana freedom.Dr.Ron Paul deserves support since tea baggers are moving the mountain.Within two years the Republicans may promote hemp/cannabis while Obama says NO!?

  13. Anonymous on

    “If we’re talking about pot, I’m not for the legalization of pot,” Palin said, as Politico first noted. “I think that would just encourage especially our young people to think that it was OK to just go ahead and use it.”

    Ahhh , that old argument. This one has long been done away with. The REALITY is, kids are doing it NOW. And last I checked there was NOTHING in place to “card” or regulate age with the current, and backwards, prohibition law in place. Prohibition facilitates underage use far more than a regulated market does!

    Not only this but the product itself is also not regulated. This opens a huge hole for contaminated product to be sold on the black-market. Which also means your kids may not only be smoking, but they may also be smoking contaminated stuff that is far more harmful.

    Sorry, but Ron Paul is right. Prohibition not only fails at working to meet the goals they state but succeeded at making maters worse. From cartels, to no regulation or checks in place. From criminalizing otherwise law abiding people, to contamination, and corruption; its just harmful all the way around. Have we still not learned from the prohibition of alcohol?

  14. Anonymous on

    Yea…I’m glad she feels this way, but I just can’t trust her. She has said too many dumb things for me to take her seriously.

  15. Anonymous on

    Ron Paul gets it

  16. ToxicSludge on

    My friends…..don’t believe a word she says.All she is doing is trying to garner support for her usual self-serving needs.That woman spews more hate then anybody in recent history that I can remember.She is well versed in the art of deception and is even trying to ingratiate herself to the tea party.Beware….