Anti-Marijuana Pawlenty Quits Presidential Race
David Fiedler | Aug 14, 2011 | Comments 5
In the wake of yesterday’s Iowa straw poll, in which Ron Paul came in a close second place to Michele Bachmann, there’s even more good news.
Tim Pawlenty, Republican ex-governor of Minnesota, came in a distant third in the straw poll and so is giving up his ambitions to become president in 2012.
Pawlenty is so rabidly anti-marijuana that he has not only vetoed nine medical marijuana bills passed by the Minnesota legislature, but even one that limited legal medical marijuana use to terminally ill patients.
Think about that for a second. This man stubbornly refused to allow relief to people dying of cancer and AIDS, based on his alleged “support of law enforcement”. And before you jump to the conclusion that “Republicans hate marijuana”, remember that:
- Ron Paul is a Republican
- Ron Paul was considered a laughingstock by many mainstream observers not long ago
- Ron Paul is now a frontrunner for the Republican nomination
- Ron Paul is very pro-marijuana — recreational as well as medical
- 72% of Republicans now support medical marijuana
It is therefore a reasonable conclusion that Tim Pawlenty may have lost his big chance solely on the basis of his anti-marijuana stance.
The Rick Perry Project
That brings to mind Rick Perry, the current Republican governor of Texas, who formally declared his candidacy yesterday as well. From a legislative standpoint, Texas is one of the more anti-marijuana states. And Perry is also known as a law-and-order hard-liner, so a Perry run would seem to be a disaster for our nation, cannabistically speaking.
But as it turns out, if there’s one thing Perry hates the most, it might be the idea of a huge central government sitting in Washington, DC. He is very, very focused on states’ rights and the Tenth Amendment, to the point where he’s OK with states legalizing marijuana even though he’s personally against it!
So let’s take comfort in knowing that politics makes strange bedfellows indeed.