Larry King Hosts Third Party Debate: Presidential Candidates Slam the Drug War

At Tuesday night’s third-party debate on C-SPAN, Larry King asked the four candidates a question that neither Romney nor Obama has been willing to address: “How does the war on drugs affect Americans?”

Three out of the four candidates agreed the drug war does more harm than good — calling for not just a public health approach to drug policy but also legal regulation of currently-illicit drugs like marijuana.

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Green Party candidate Jill Stein spent more than ten minutes discussing the failures of drug prohibition and the urgent need for reforms. It’s rare to see such truth and honesty from politicians talking about the failed drug war. All three candidates received rousing applause — so you might be wondering, why don’t more politicians speak out against the failed war on drugs?

“We don’t just need to legalize marijuana,” said Anderson. “We need to end drug prohibition just like we ended alcohol prohibition and treat drug use and abuse as a public health and education issue, and get it entirely out of the criminal justice system.”

Johnson added, “Ninety percent of the drug problem is prohibition-related, not use-related… that should be the focus. So let’s legalize marijuana now. Right now in this country, we are at a tipping point on this issue.” He later went on to say, “Look, this is not about advocating drug use. Fifty percent of kids graduating from high school have smoked marijuana — that’s an issue that belongs with families, not in the criminal justice system.”

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

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  1. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA on

    Watch Cris Ericson on WNYT Albany, New York
    Television Channel 13 News!

    Today’s LIVE tapings of Cris Ericson should
    be aired soon http://wnyt.com

    All Vermont Statewide candidates were
    invited to WNYT Albany News CH 13 to
    make their own live news statements.

    Cris Ericson is on the Vermont election
    ballot for Governor and for U.S. Senator
    for the United States Marijuana Party.

    She made two 2 minute news statements
    today, taped live at WNYT.

    In the first statement, she said that
    marijuana and hemp used to be legal
    in the United States, and that her own
    grandfather was born on a Hemp Farm
    in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She
    also explained that her great grandfather
    back in the 1600’s was Owanno, the
    leader of the Piscatawney Tribe, a
    branch of Algonquin Native American
    Indians, and that hemp and
    marijuana were legal then.

    “It’s time to take back America!” Cris said.

    She stated that State and Federal
    marijuana laws should be repealed,
    stricken off the books, because our
    State and Federal budgets can NOT
    stand one more day of billions of
    tax dollars wasted on a drug war the
    Legislators can’t win because adults
    enjoy smoking marijuana, and voters
    say it’s fun.

    Cris explained that two big piles of
    taxpayer dolalrs are being wasted.
    In one pile is the money wasted arresting
    people for marijuana, which is like the war
    on Vietnam, no amount of helicopters
    eradicating plants will stop this weed from
    cropping up again, people love it,
    they’re not going to stop using it.

    Cris told WNYT viewers that the enemies of
    common sense are the control freak Legislators
    making laws who have their perverted noses
    stuck up too far in your personal business.

    Cris explained that President Obama smoked
    marijuana and Governor Peter Shumlin of
    Vermont smoked marijuana.

    Cris said that the drug dealers have the second
    big pile of money because they aren’t paying
    taxes when they sell marijuana. Our State and
    Federal budgets keep losing money by
    arresting people for marijuana and by not
    legalizing and taxing marijuana.

    In Cris Ericson’s second two minute news
    statement today on WNYT News Channel 13
    in Albany, New York, she stated that when the
    United States Declaration of Independence
    was signed, marijuana was legal; and when the
    United States Constitution was signed, marijuana
    was legal, and again she stated that it is time to
    Take Our Country Back!

    Again she argued that President Obama smoked
    marijuana, and no one put him in jail. Vermont
    Governor Peter Shumlin smoked marijuana,
    and no one put him in jail. She went on to say
    that 25 million people in the United States smoke
    marijuana and marijuana is the largest cash crop,
    but State and Federal budgets are not receiving
    one dollar of taxes from marijuana sales.

    Cris talked about the marijuana Russian Roulette
    Wheel whereby, out of the 25 million people who
    are smoking marijuana, only 750,000 are arrested,
    so the majority of people are getting away with it.
    Because the majority are getting away with it,
    they keep on smoking. The risk is about
    one out of 33 people get arrested, or, in other words,
    32 out of 33 people smoking marijuana do not get
    arrested. So, with the odds in favor of NOT getting
    arrested, no one is going to stop smoking marijuana.

    Cris said that it is time for the Lawmakers and
    Legislators in Montpelier, Vermont and Washington, D.C.
    to stop their perverted interest in sticking their
    noses into other peoples’ orifices. It is time for
    Legislators to take their peeping Tom eyeballs
    out of our private homes and private lives.

    “Get the government out of your house! Vote for
    me, Cris Ericson, United States Marijuana Party
    in Vermont”, Cris says. http://USMJP.com

    “U S M J P dot com”

    Cris Ericson was wearing a beautiful fuschia colored
    suit and her family heirloom Native American
    Indian arrowheads on her earrings and leather
    pouch necklace. Be sure to watch
    http://wnyt.com
    to see her in this outfit as there
    are no photographs of her in her Native artifacts
    on the internet.

    Cris Ericson was also wearing her Native American
    Indian arrowheads on her earrings and on her
    leather pouch necklace on October 25, 2012 on
    http://www.vpt.org
    Vermont Public Television PBS
    United States Senate candidate debate;
    and on that show she wore a turquoise suit.

    She did not wear eyeglasses on either television
    appearance. This is the first time Cris Ericson
    has worn anything other than a black suit jacket
    and white blouse and black skirt to any
    political appearance, so be certain to catch
    these shows!

    WNYT ALBANY NEWS CHANNEL 13 http://www.wnyt.com
    October 29, 2012 Cris Ericson live news footage, two 2 minute
    spots.

    Vermont Public Television PBS http://www.vpt.org
    Oct. 25, 2012 U.S. Senate candidate debate in Vermont
    http://usmjp.com

    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/10/29/18724723.php

  2. gutrod on

    The whole issue of the drug war and cannabis prohibition is a taboo subject in American politics. America has much blood on its hands. 60,000 dead Mexicans and the persecution of cannabis users which affects millions of people doesn’t even get a whiff during the presidential debates which are all orchestrated by big business interests. What a farce.

  3. Anonymous on

    I just mailed my ballot yesterday. I voted for Gary Johnson, and yes on I502 – as well as researching each candidate’s (Governor/Lieutenant Governor/Sheriff/Judges/etc) stance on the drug war.

    Although many people may think this makes me a one issue voter, I would have to disagree. The suppression of the minorities/poor, the destruction of families, the continued growth of our out of control prison industrial complex, the killings in Mexico – all of these are at stake.

    I know my state will likely go for Obama. But, Gary Johnson will hopefully get enough votes to make the Republican party reconsider their stance in the next presidential election. Maybe they will go after votes like mine a little harder? Maybe this will spur Democrats to do the same?

    Thank you Marc and Jodie, and best wishes to any family members who have loved ones locked up for non-violent drug offenses.

    Sincerely,

    U.S. citizen/voter