▼ Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

In Short

The former governor of Arkansas has stated publicly that he does not support ending the federal raids on state medical marijuana patients.

What Former Gov. Huckabee Has Done:

Gov. Huckabee has neither cosponsored nor voted on any legislation specifically addressing medical marijuana.

What Former Gov. Huckabee Has Said:

At a private house party in Francestown, New Hampshire, on June 4, 2007, Huckabee was asked if he would end the federal raids on medical marijuana patients. He responded, “Well, you know, I think I’d leave that to the DEA. Let me just be very blunt. I don’t support the idea. I think there are better ways to treat medical illnesses than the use of a drug that has really caused so many more people to have their lives injured than it has to necessarily have their lives helped. There are so many different ways in which, whether it’s pain or other ways, I think we can deal with medical issues. I’m just not convinced that smoking marijuana is a great idea right now, given the culture of drugs in this country and how many lives it’s destroyed. Even if a person says, ‘but this is going to be a legitimate use,’ for every legitimate use, there are many others. So, I’m probably not one who that’s going to be real sympathetic toward relaxing drug laws, having seen what it’s done in families and seen what it’s done in our economy. I would just like to think that we could find better solutions to alleviating pain and suffering.”

He was then asked by GSMM staff: “Until we do, what is the benefit to arresting people with cancer and AIDS and multiple sclerosis for using something that their doctors approve of?” Huckabee responded, “Well, you know I’m going to leave it up to the DEA whether they feel like there is a person who is being arrested because they are suffering from AIDS or because they really are doing something

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