On Campaign Trail, Paul Decries ‘War On Drugs’

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul greets supporters. (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul decried the “war on drugs” Thursday night, telling supporters in Washington state that people should be able to make their own decisions on such matters.

Voters in Washington are likely to decide this year whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

“If we are allowed to deal with our eternity and all that we believe in spiritually, and if we’re allowed to read any book that we want under freedom of speech, why is it we can’t put into our body whatever we want?” Paul told more than 1,000 people at a rally in Vancouver, a suburb of Portland, Ore.

Paul did not mention his rivals for the Republican nomination but criticized President Barack Obama for killing American citizens with suspected terrorist ties and for expanding federal regulations.

Paul said he wasn’t sure if he’d win the GOP nomination and tries not to predict the future but added that he’s encouraged by the enthusiasm of his supporters.

“People who are strong believers in issues and ideas and principals, they do lead the way,” he said.

Paul is the second Republican to hold a major public event in Washington. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was in Olympia and Tacoma on Monday. Washington’s caucuses are scheduled for March 3.

Some in the Vancouver audience came from neighboring Oregon, which has a primary set for May 15.

Paul was spending Thursday campaigning in Idaho and Washington and has rallies planned Friday in Richland and Spokane. He is expected to hit most of Washington’s media markets before the state’s nonbinding caucuses.

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One Comment

  1. joe says:

    Why is War on Drugs in quotes? He didn’t invent the term.

    1. TNT says:

      Because although “he” didn’t “invent” the term, it is a “catch phrase” that requires “quotes”. They weren’t “quoting” “Ron Paul”. “Quotes” are used for other purposes in the “English” language. “”

  2. NiteNurse says:

    I agree with him about pot but I’m not sure about the other illegal drugs.

    1. TNT says:

      Thank you, NiteNurse. Finally someone with some common sense on the issue. I agree about pot, but to allow ALL drugs? I don’t want people walking around, or worse, DRIVING around, flipping out on cocaine, heroin, peyote, ‘shrooms, PCP, etc. Jesus, texting is bad enough. Let’s not add gasoline to that fire.

      1. Joshua Johnson says:

        There are actually very very good reasons for legalizing ALL drugs. Economic issues, moral issues, freedom and liberty issues, safety issues and even conspiratorial issues. Some people would consider religion the most important issue.

        First of all, I, like many other people, agree that illegal drugs are very dangerous. That being said how many of you would use heroin tomorrow if it were made legal? I bet the answer to that question is overwhelmingly “no.” That aside, the concern for public welfare is also common. Ironically enough the only drug that inherently causes violent reaction on a consistent basis is alcohol. Alcohol is legal virtually everywhere.

        The problem with prohibitionary laws is that they try to destroy powerful markets. “Supply and demand” is an economic term. If there is a great enough demand and a way to supply it, a market exists. The ILLEGAL drug market is VERY profitable. “Shipments with a %90 success rate are worth about $175,000,000…” coming from Colombia to the United States. (http://www.vice.com/motherboard/colombian-narcosubs) The reason drugs are so expensive and cartels exist is because the demand of drugs is so high. Legalizing drugs would flood the market and destroy the cartels unless they can come up with ways to market their products in a more ethical way. (I.E. not killing their competition.)

        Legal drugs are statistically more dangerous than illegal drugs are. Which is a little known fact.

        This is a very big subject and the very very VAST majority of scholarly investigation into the topic suggests that the best way to eliminate the violent, $1trillion “War on Drugs” is to make them all legal.

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