Romney Speaks out Against Pot

15 10 2007

From RGJ.com:

Asked whether he would call off the Drug Enforcement Agency from raids in states that have approved medical marijuana use, Romney responded loudly: “No.”“I believe marijuana is the gateway to drug use that is a plague to our children and a plague to our country,” he said. “Medical marijuana is a Trojan horse for getting marijuana legalized. That is the last thing America needs. We do not need more drugs in our school and homes.”

Once again we have the problem of a politician thinking what they think they should think, not thinking what the evidence and research would lead any-other reasonable person to think.

That’s five ‘think’s in one sentence, in case you were counting.

From a Rand Study:

We’ve shown that the marijuana gateway effect is not the best explanation for the link between marijuana use and the use of harder drugs,” said Andrew Morral, associate director of RAND’s Public Safety and Justice unit and lead author of the study. “An alternative, simpler and more compelling explanation accounts for the pattern of drug use you see in this country, without resort to any gateway effects. While the gateway theory has enjoyed popular acceptance, scientists have always had their doubts. Our study shows that these doubts are justified.”

The study demonstrates that associations between marijuana and hard drug use could be expected even if marijuana use has no gateway effect. Instead, the associations can result from known differences in the ages at which youths have opportunities to use marijuana and hard drugs, and known variations in individuals’ willingness to try any drugs, researchers found.

While this is far from being Mitt Romney’s biggest problem, it is an example of a more general, conservative problem.  And that is that for the most part (there are exceptions to every rule) the republican party takes the same positions on issues year after year, decade after decade, regardless of what has changed in either our understanding of an issue, or in society.  This stubborn close-mindedness is perhaps my major issue with the party – and I’d like to be able to say that the country would never allow anyone who displayed this trait take public office.  But then I look at Bush, and once again, find myself beating my head on my desk.

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