Ron Paul on the Drug War

ron-paulCongressman Ron Paul is the most conservative, grandfatherly man to ever be admired by America’s marijuana enthusiasts. On Friday night’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, he reminded those who may have been suffering an impaired short-term memory at that late hour why, exactly, they should like him.

Speaking live from Clute, Texas, the libertarian-leaning Republican did what few other members of Congress will and openly called for the United States’ War on Drugs to be abolished.

“What about when FDR came to office in ’33,” asked Maher. “One of the first things he did was repeal prohibition. He said we can’t afford this anymore. Well, we have prohibition in this country. … When he was making radical changes he said look, we’re serious now. We’re going to make serious changes and people like liquor.”

“Well, in this country, people like pot,” said Maher to a wave of cheers and applause. “If we ended that prohibition, that would be a giant pooling of money.”

“I don’t like pot,” said the congressman. “But I hate the drug war, so I would repeal all of prohibition. But, I wouldn’t even bother taxing it. People have the right in a free country to make important decisions on their own lives. If they want to make mistakes, they can. They just can’t come crawling to the government to get bailed out or taken care of if they get sick.

“I believe in freedom of choice in all that we do, as long as the individual never hurts anybody else. So that means I would get rid of all the federal laws. I would dispose with the drug war. We’re spending tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars on this, then we march into places like California, override state law, arrest sick people and put them in prison.”

“It makes no sense whatsoever,” he insisted.

“Amen, stoner,” joked Maher.

This video is from HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, broadcast Feb. 20, 2009.

1 comment to Ron Paul on the Drug War

  • bgstrong

    The walls are begin­ning to crum­ble. In recent weeks, Argentina, Colom­bia and Mex­ico have all taken steps to decrim­i­nal­ize drug pos­ses­sion and treat drug abuse as a health issue, not a legal prob­lem.  In August, Mex­ico decrim­i­nal­ized the “per­sonal use” of drugs includ­ing mar­i­juana, cocaine, heroin and metham­phet­a­mine.  Those caught with amounts under the des­ig­nated limit will be encour­aged to seek treat­ment, with treat­ment manda­tory only for those caught three times.  Five days later, Argentina’s Supreme Court decrim­i­nal­ized the pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana intended for per­sonal con­sump­tion, and this month, the Colom­bian Supreme Court also ruled that pos­ses­sion of ille­gal drugs for per­sonal use should not be treated as a crim­i­nal offense. Por­tu­gal decrim­i­nal­ized all drugs in 2001 with the only com­plaints com­ing from Law Enforce­ment labor unions who were los­ing jobs.

    The US War on Drugs is noth­ing more than a Govt. employ­ment pro­gram that costs 15,000 deaths and over $50 bil­lion dol­lars annu­aly in the USA alone.  The US has 5% of the worlds pop­u­la­tion and 25% of the worlds pris­on­ers, of which over 50% are directly drug related.

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