Presidential Candidates On Pot
If you're a single issue voter, and marijuana is your issue, this might be of interest to you:
I received another note from the Marijuana Policy Project yesterday that led me to this link where the presidential candidates from the two major parties are graded in regards their positions on medical marijuana.
Keep in mind that page just deals with the medical marijuana question, although I suppose you can take it one step further and say, if a candidate opposes medical marijuana, they most likely oppose decriminalization of marijuana.
Decriminalization was actually the issue of the e-mail I received from MPP. They made mention of the fact that, during a democratic presidential candidate debate, Senator Chris Dodd proposed decriminalizing marijuana- a bit of a surprise to me. When the other candidates were asked to raise their hands if they agreed with Dodd, only one did: Dennis Kucinich.
You can see a YouTube video of that exchange here, although I thought the picture was a bit fuzzy to tell just who raised their hands and who didn't. The MPP letter went on to say that former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel would legalize marijuana but he was excluded from the debate.
Bottom line, as MPP sees it, is if your issue is marijuana, you only have a few choices come the 2008 republican and democratic primaries:
Democrats Christopher Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel and Bill Richardson, or, Republicans Ron Paul or Tom Tancredo. Unfortunately for pot issue folks, none are likely to receive their party's nomination.