Rick Jensen, 6/11/2015 [Archive]

Christie Clueless on Pot

By Rick Jensen

Chris Christie is dopey on marijuana.

No, he's not a pothead.He's either ignorant or pandering fear about cannabis for votes.

Christie's against states' rights, vowing to use the power of the federal government to override and crush the rights of the states to establish their own laws on marijuana prohibition.Vowing to use the federal government to eliminate states' rights is not conservative policy.

Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and of course Rand Paul have all kept their feet and minds on the ground, stating decriminalization should be left to the states.

Rick Perry said,"...states should be able to set their own policies on abortion, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization" and "people will decide where they want to live".

Last winter, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal eased the pain of thousands of Louisianans when he said he would be open to signing a bill providing for the legalization of medical marijuana.

As of this writing, an actual bill is awaiting his anticipated signature.

Conservatism involves the cautious, thoughtful consideration of societal and governmental change as opposed to liberalism, the exercise of knee-jerk emotional responses to challenges which most often end up with giving more money to incompetent and dishonest bureaucrats to "solve" problems.

You have likely heard desperate testimony from family, friends and acquaintances on how marijuana relieves debilitating pain from chemotherapy, fibromyalgia and head injuries.The fear is that teenagers will be able to obtain it.

The irony is that millions of adults have been acquiring their cannabis from teens and college kids.

Republican candidates who rail against ending prohibition will not be representing the two-thirds of Millennials and nearly fifty percent of Gen-X Republicans who see legalization as a serious voting issue.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is likely changing his position against legalization as he is polling Republicans on the issue.He didn't have to poll his constituency.He did it because of the support he has been hearing.

Thoughtful conservatives are also aware that the overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies prove marijuana is not a "gateway drug" that leads innocent experimenters to addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Scientists have learned that the real "gateway drug" is alcohol. Legal alcohol.

Heroin addicts have smoked marijuana and most continue to do so, just as an alcoholic will occasionally drink a glass a water or enjoy a Coca-Cola.

Marijuana is as much a gateway drug to heroin as water is a gateway drug to straight vodka.

Anecdotally, we've all heard stories of young people who smoked pot, drank too much, became cokeheads and heroin addicts.Heartbreaking.

Then I hear the pleas from women calling my radio program begging lawmakers in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland to legalize the one analgesic to their debilitating migraines, chemotherapy and fibromyalgia pain that is not addictive.

You, too, would have been taken aback by the woman in her forties who declared, "The pain from fibromyalgia keeps me in the bed in agony sometimes for days.I have found two drugs that make the pain go away.One is marijuana.The other is methadone."

"Where did you get the methadone?" I asked.

My doctor," the caller responded. "And he told me it's as addictive as heroin. I prefer the pot so I can work and care for my family."



In 1972, American Conservative Movement leader William F. Buckley, Jr.promoted the legalization of marijuana.In Buckley publication National Review, Richard C. Cowan, a charter member of the, conservative, Young Americans for Freedom, wrote that pot is "comparatively harmless, demonstrably ubiquitous and that the laws against it only alienate the young and breed disrespect for American justice."

Buckley himself said, "Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows...marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."

Voting to continue big government marijuana prohibition is to vote against young Tea Party Americans as well as liberals.

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Rick Jensen is Delaware's award-winning conservative talk show host on WDEL, streaming live on WDEL.com from 1pm — 4pm EST. Contact Rick at rick@wdel.com, or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.

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