CANNABIS CULTURE – Republican VP candidate and faux cool guy Paul Ryan has announced he’d let states decide about medical marijuana while campaigning in Colorado.
Ryan told KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs that while he personally doesn’t believe in medical marijuana laws, he would side with states’ rights on the issue. “It’s up to Coloradans to decide,” Ryan said, adding that the issue is not “a high priority” for the ticket.
Reformers are too wizened to think that a Romney/Ryan administration would actually respect patients’ rights, especially after the comments Romney has made about the topic, and considering Ryan’s voting record in Congress.
“Where have we heard this before? (Hint: George W Bush on the campaign trail in 2000),” said Dale Gieringer of California NORML. “Still, it’s nice to see that Republicans are picking up on this issue,” he added.
It’s interesting that Ryan made the comment in Colorado, which is one of the three states with a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot this year. Polls are showing the measure is more popular than either presidential candidate in the state, and pundits are saying that the Obama campaign’s web ad featuring actor Kal Penn of the Harold and Kumar stoner flicks are aimed at pro-pot voters.
It’s possible Ryan’s comments will affect Obama’s stance, and ultimately his policy, on the topic. Whatever it takes to get on the playing field after two conventions that talked about everyone’s rights but pot smokers’ is all right with me.
On the third-party front, Peace and Freedom party presidential candidate Roseanne Barr has released a hilarious ad comparing her stance on medical marijuana to Obama and Romney in advance of her appearance at a medical marijuana town meeting in Oakland on September 27.