2012 Presidential Candidates on Drugs

We hear so many conflicting comments from the political candidates on marijuana and other drugs in these elections.  Some of these candidates will say anything to get elected.  Some of them are taking the hard “no on drugs” stance.  Some of these candidates are saying “get the government completely out of these issues”.  Some are very weak and just sit on the fence.

I personally believe that this topic will become a deciding factor in the election with over 40 million Americans who have admitted to using cannabis some time in their life and many more that haven’t or won’t admit to it based on some sort of fear.  Either way, these people are thinking about this issue, as are the people who pay taxes and see their tax money going to this huge endless pit of drug prohibition that has not worked and seems to have done the opposite of the intended effect.

I got this information from  www.ontheissues.org

We’ll start with the president:  Barack Obama

Click here for 15 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.

  • Yes, he still smokes while President. (Jun 2009)
  • Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment. (Feb 2008)
  • Fight to rid our communities of meth. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing. (Oct 2007)
  • Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it. (Oct 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Experimented with cocaine but turned down heroin. (Aug 2007)
  • A “secret smoker”, especially around reporters. (Aug 2007)
  • Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school. (Feb 2007)
  • Admitted marijuana use in high school & college. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair. (Oct 2006)
  • Understand why youngsters want to use drugs. (Aug 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Joe Biden:

Click here for 17 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.

  • OpEd: Executive privilege doesn’t apply to “Fast & Furious”. (Jun 2012)
  • Marijuana is a gateway drug; legalization is a mistake. (Dec 2010)
  • 1988: Crafted new law creating national Drug Czar. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990 crime bill: tougher penalties for drug offenders. (Oct 2010)
  • Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control. (Nov 2007)
  • National ban on smoking would reduce chronic illnesses. (Sep 2007)
  • Absolutely do not lower drinking age from 21. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: 40,000 babies with alcohol syndrome, not 300,000. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools. (Sep 2007)
  • Most violent crime is related to drugs. (Jul 2007)
  • Divert drug offenders out of prison system. (Jun 2007)
  • Created nation’s Drug Czar Office & drug courts. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Rename “Drug Abuse” institute as “Diseases of Addiction”. (Mar 2007)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)

Ron Paul:

Click here for 24 full quotes by Ron Paul OR click here for Ron Paul on other issues.

  • Blacks disproportionately imprisoned for victimless crimes. (Jan 2012)
  • Cancel the drug war, and cancel its violence. (Nov 2011)
  • Our drug war is driving our immigration policy. (Sep 2011)
  • We don’t need laws to tell us to not use heroin. (May 2011)
  • Drug War allows drug lords to make a lot more money. (Apr 2011)
  • Someday we’ll wake up and end the Second Prohibition. (Apr 2011)
  • War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
  • Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs. (Sep 2007)
  • $500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure. (Sep 2007)
  • Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
  • Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad. (Oct 2001)
  • Societal inconsistency on alcohol contributes to drug use. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored bill letting states legalize industrial hemp. (Apr 2009)

Gary Johnson:

Click here for 12 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.

  • 75% of border violence with Mexico is due to drugs. (Jun 2011)
  • Marijuana is safer than alcohol. (Jun 2011)
  • Legalize marijuana instead of 1.8 million arrests and $70B. (May 2011)
  • Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue. (May 2011)
  • Drug policy today parallels Prohibition in the 1920’s. (May 2011)
  • Other governors privately support ending drug war. (Oct 2002)
  • War on Drugs is a miserable failure; $6M for treatment. (Apr 2001)
  • Drug use is up despite $30B spending on War on Drugs. (Jan 2001)
  • Prescriptions for heroin & methadone at local pharmacy. (Jan 2001)
  • Allow medical marijuana and needle exchanges. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)

Mitt Romney:

Click here for 3 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.

  • Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. (Apr 2011)
  • Mandatory sentence & higher penalty for repeat drunk driving. (Aug 2007)
  • Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia. (Jul 2007)

Paul Ryan:

Click here for 4 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.

Rocky Anderson:

Click here for 2 full quotes by Rocky Anderson OR click here for Rocky Anderson on other issues.

  • Opposes considering drug use immoral. (Feb 2012)
  • Treat drug abuse as a health matter, not a criminal matter. (Dec 2011)

Jill Stein:

Click here for 3 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.

  • I support legalization of marijuana. (Jan 2012)
  • Marijuana is dangerous because it’s illegal, not vice-versa. (Dec 2011)
  • Bring marijuana sales under a legal regulatory framework. (Sep 2010)

Out of all of these candidates the only two that I have noted as being consistent against drug prohibition is Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

Out of all of these candidates that have been consistently for drug prohibition is Mitt Romney and Joe Biden.

The rest of these candidates have been on the fence with a not very consistent stance.

For more information about other candidates goto:  http://ontheissues.org/Drugs.htm

On the issues is a little bit of an outdated site.  But there are some good archives there.


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