Posted by Rebecca Saltzman
There’s a great online presidential forum that has asked 10 questions to each of the presidential candidates. Question #3 asks the candidates how they feel about medical marijuana, whether they would stop the DEA raids, and if they would change the laws. So far, one Republican and four Democrats have answered the questions. Here are there answers:
Mike Huckabee does a great job at dodging the question and even claims that the way to go about this would be for advocates to just change the laws (as if we weren’t trying, and as if Huckabee would have no influence over this if he was president):
Mike Gravel dodges the question in a completely different way, using the opportunity to bash the war on drugs and talk about broader decriminalization of marijuana:
Dennis Kucinich probably does the best job of answering the question directly, clearly stating that he would end the raids and that medical marijuana should be available to those who need it:
John Edwards states that he would end the DEA raids and ties medical marijuana into the broader issue of the Bush administration’s neglect of science, in favor of politics:
Barack Obama also voices support for medical marijuana, saying that if it’s safe it should regulated like other prescription drugs, though he takes jabs at patients who grow their own medicine:
So what do you think? Who dodged the question? Who answered it the best? Did any of these answers change who you’re going to vote for?