In short: Asked about medical marijuana as he campaigned for president in 1999, George W. Bush said he believes “each state can choose that decision as they so choose” (sic). Yet the Bush administration has arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned medical marijuana patients and providers at an alarming rate. Administration officials have aggressively campaigned against local and state… Continue reading Name: President George W. Bush
In Short Sen. McCain has changed his position from protecting states’ rights in regard to medical marijuana to publicly stating that he does not support ending the federal raids on state medical marijuana patients and caregivers. What Sen. McCain Has Done: Sen. McCain has neither cosponsored nor voted on any legislation specifically addressing medical marijuana.… Continue reading Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
In short: On May 29, 2003, Kucinich was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as supporting medical marijuana “without reservation” and indicated that as president he would be willing to sign an executive order permitting its use. (You can read the full text of the article here.) This is on the heels of his May 27 announcement calling for a broad… Continue reading Name: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
In Short Gov. Richardson is the only presidential candidate who has signed state medical marijuana legislation into law. He has also promised to end the federal raids on medical marijuana patients. What Gov. Richardson Has Done: On April 2, 2007, as governor of New Mexico, Richardson signed into law a bill protecting patients who use… Continue reading ▼ Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
In short: Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is the only candidate who has actually killed a medical marijuana bill. Because of Dean’s actions, Vermonters with AIDS, cancer, and other terrible illnesses still face arrest and jail under state law for using medical marijuana. In recent statements he has attempted to sound reasonable, but his actions have… Continue reading Name: Howard Dean
In Short Sen. Obama has publicly promised to end the federal raids on state medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. Sen. Obama also voted against an amendment in the U.S. Senate that was intended to undermine state medical marijuana laws. What Sen. Obama Has Done: On April 19, 2007, Sen. Obama voted against the Coburn… Continue reading ▼ Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
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