Thursday, April 23, 2015

IJReview: Rick Perry Lets Everyone Know How He Feels About the Legalization of Marijuana

Credit:  Susan Walsh / AP
By Joseph Perticone, Apr. 22, 2015,

Former Texas Governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry defended the states who have legalized marijuana, during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Tuesday.

Hewitt asked Perry his views on marijuana policy, after citing the various Republican candidates who side one way or another on the issue. Perry responded:

“Well, I’m a big believer in the 10th Amendment,” he said. “I don’t agree with those decisions that were made by that, by the state of Colorado or Washington, but I will defend it to my death, if you will, to allow them to make those decisions. So you know, I think I’m closer to Ted [Cruz] there than I am to Chris [Christie].”

Then Hewitt pressed the Texas Republican on the issue, raising the dilemma of those states’ violating the federal laws against marijuana.

But Perry remained firm on his stance, again addressing the importance of states’ rights:

“Yeah, well, I just happen to think that that’s one of those that maybe the federal government got wrong to begin with from the standpoint of you’ve got to have some, you’ve got to have, you either believe in the 10th Amendment or you don’t, is kind of where I come down on it.”

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