Rick Perry: Marijuana Decriminalization is a Conservative Issue

Perry seems to have been reading his Buckley.

 

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“You don’t want to ruin a kid’s life for having a joint,” said Texas Governor Rick Perry during a Tuesday taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

The governor touted decriminalization as a way to reduce the size of government. “We’ve been able to shut down a prison in the state of Texas — that’s conservative, man!” Perry said to loud applause, the Christian Post reports.

Perry is on to something. William F. Buckley, Jr. was an early and passionate advocate of drug legalization. A majority of CPAC 2014 attendees said they supported the legalization of marijuana.

In fact, Eric Holder’s recent crackdown on mandatory minimum sentencing seems ultimately to have been a response to Senator Rand Paul’s criticism of this policy.

While Rick Perry may be in the wrong on other issues, he should be praised for helping conservatives to return to their small government roots on this one.


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  • Bill Taylor
    March 13, 2014, 2:26 pm

    in light of the FACT that washington and jefferson both grew and used marijuana, pretty sure they would be astonished at any attempt to ban it!

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  • Bill Taylor
    March 13, 2014, 7:26 pm

    in light of the FACT that washington and jefferson both grew and used marijuana, pretty sure they would be astonished at any attempt to ban it!

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  • Uncle Siam
    March 13, 2014, 2:29 pm

    They are on the right path. Thanks to Rand Paul and Ron Paul.

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  • Uncle Siam@Bill Taylor
    March 13, 2014, 2:29 pm

    This issue isn’t just about marijuana, there are other drugs that are criminalized.

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  • Uncle Siam
    March 13, 2014, 7:29 pm

    They are on the right path. Thanks to Rand Paul and Ron Paul.

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