Mitt Romney Scoffs at Medical Marijuana Question During Interview

 by lucy

On Wednesday, GOP candidate Mitt Romney was asked questions by Denver reporter Shaun Boyd, who works for CBS4, during his campaign stop at Fort Lupton, CO.  When the reporter asked Romney a question about medical marijuana, the politician as much as rolled his eyes in response.

Before responding to the question, Romney asked the reporter, “Aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?  The economy, the economy, the economy.  The growth of jobs.  The need to put people back to work.  The challenges of Iran.  We’ve got enormous issues that we face, but you want to talk about marijuana?”

Romney then responded before Boyd could fully get her question out, stating, “I oppose the legalization of medical marijuana.  I oppose the legalization of other kinds of drugs.  But what I can tell you is that I do have a plan to get this economy going.”

Simply repeating his stance on medical marijuana with little explanation is a tactic that Romney has used before when pressed on the issue.  In 2006 Romney was approached by a man in a wheelchair who explained that medical marijuana was the only thing that could help alleviate the pain and symptoms he suffered from as a result of muscular dystrophy.  After listening to the man’s story and his questions about legalization, Romney simply replied, “I don’t support medical marijuana.”

Medical marijuana is a huge issue in Colorado, where their US Attorney is currently launching an assault on collectives located within 1,000 feet of schools, so Boyd’s question shouldn’t necessarily have been something that surprised the Presidential hopeful.

Ironically, some of the “issues of significance” that Romney referred to, such as the economy and putting people back to work, are being directly impacted during medical marijuana crackdowns throughout the country, during which many people are losing their jobs and tax revenue is being lost.  Currently 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, with Connecticut close to becoming the 17th state to legalize it.  The gray area of medical marijuana currently has the potential to impact over 40% of the states in our country.

At the end of the interview, Romney ironically said to Boyd, “I’m not running on marriage and marijuana.  Those are state issues, right?”

View the full video of the Romney interview below:

 

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29 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 21

    adam336 said on May 10, 2012

    Fuck you Mitt Romney

  2. 8

    Yogi said on May 10, 2012

    He has given it such little thought that he doesn't see the irony of his response. "The economy, the economy, the economy. The growth of jobs. The need to put people back to work." All of which would be hugely impacted by positively addressing the issue.

  3. 3

    Bobbyjoe42 said on May 11, 2012

    That is very ironic that he said that… It is also ironic though, that he will win if enough people vote for Ron Paul instead of Obama I'd rather have Obama than this insane ass hole.

  4. 2

    roadkill said on May 11, 2012

    im not even gona waste my time voteing this time. i lost faith in our goverment system. they dont follow their own rules. how can u trust something like that. im not goin to be party to these lies stealer an cheaters.

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      JackDanieL said on May 11, 2012

      then they win, way to go
      Barack Obama passed the largest middle class tax cut in HISTORY.
      Barack Obama brought the troops home from Iraq
      Barack Obama gave the order to left-eye Bin Laden
      Barack Obama made it so a motherfuckin shitload of you stoners can stay on your parents' health care plan until you are 26, and never have to worry about being denied coverage due to "pre-existing conditions"
      Barack Obama passed the Lily Ledbetter Act, guaranteeing fair pay and gender equality in the workplace
      Barack Obama brought this entire economy back from the brink of the abyss that 30+ years of Republican ideas drove us to the edge of….ideas Mittens Rmoney fully endorses that we return to

      Get your dazed and confused heads out of your asses. Have you paid any attention the past 3 years? This country was FUCKED UP when Barack Obama took office, sorry potheads, marijuana was not too high on the list of priorities. Some rogue GOP-APPOINTED attorneys-general start flexing their muscle in CA and you really wonder why the first black President doesnt shelf national security and a possible Depression to keep your favorite local potshop open?

      The choice is clear. Unless you are a middle aged white Christian male making over $250,000 a year, a vote for anyone but Barack Obama is a bullet in your own foot.

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        said on May 11, 2012

        Obama is a puppet. he will say one thing to get elected then once he is in he watches out for people who put money in his bank account. all of us middle class and lower class people are just pons in a big ass game of world domination. If you think Obama or any other politician gives a fuck about us your are seriously mistaken.

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          JackDanieL said on May 11, 2012

          no, I'm not mistaken
          I've had tens of thousands of dollars of legitimate medical claims DENIED by the insurance company that I diligently paid on time every month, all due to a bogus "pre-existing" condition.
          I'm happy that you apparently have not experienced the real world enough yet to see how it works, its a hard place for the ignorant.

        • 2

          JackDanieL said on May 11, 2012

          PS. you FAILED to debate even one point I brought up

          just more bumper sticker bullshit and FOX News talking points

          • 11

            420smoke said on May 11, 2012

            JackDaniel is a fuckin tool

          • 3

            7turdy7 said on May 11, 2012

            Bill Clinton spent 8 years in office where he passed the fair housing act that caused the housing
            bubble that popped and led to the recession that Obama has spent 5 trillion dollars "fixing".
            check your facts MSNBC.

          • 0

            JackDanieL said on May 17, 2012

            420smoke is a cool name for a marijuana site
            How long did it take you to come up with it?

          • 1

            JackDanieL said on May 17, 2012

            7turdy7 — plz refer to this chart, its a picture, no math I swear, just try it – http://www.cbpp.org/images/cms//5-10-11bud-f1.jpg —– Bill Clinton left a budget SURPLUS. George W Bush came in and spent it, plus another 1.5 TRILLION (so far) on tax cuts for the top 2% in this country. But that didn't lead to the recession right? 8 years of relative peace under Clinton, then 2 unfunded wars and major american cities ATTACKED. Nah, that had nothing to do with the economic downturn, right? Katrina drowning the Gulf Coast, and the bumbling government response under Bush? Free! Medicare Part D….okok now you are getting distracted by a shiny object, I'm sorry. The point is, I can bury you in facts.

      • 6

        WeaponZero said on May 11, 2012

        Barack Obama passed the largest middle class tax cut in HISTORY. you mean the one written by republicans during the bush era, that was denied in the house??
        Barack Obama brought the troops home from Iraq, Only after extending the timeline set up before bush left office
        Barack Obama gave the order to left-eye Bin Laden. He said shoot, he never said find, that was in place long before obama.
        Barack Obama made it so a motherfuckin shitload of you stoners can stay on your parents' health care plan until you are 26, and never have to worry about being denied coverage due to "pre-existing conditions". Obama caused my insurance rates to increase 40% with that little move, fucking asshole. He made it so I had to lower my coverage to be able to continue to afford any coverage at all, thats the REAL WORLD for ya.
        Barack Obama passed the Lily Ledbetter Act, guaranteeing fair pay and gender equality in the workplace. LOL, you are so ignorant its almost comical

        Obama is the shit vote, So is Romney, both are fucked in their own way, Pot has the ability to fix so much, but these people dont want to FIX a fucking thing, they want to push blame around while collecting checks cash with our blood sweat and tears. I wish less people were as ignorant as you, but unfortunately to many people are just as deluded as you are to actually be able to see the BIG picture and as such the citizens of this country will continue to suffer needlessly.

        • 0

          JackDanieL said on May 17, 2012

          But, as I'm sure you can admit, you don't even know me. As for all of your little tiny problems in your little tiny life, all I can offer is, you're doin it wrong bro!

        • 0

          JackDanieL said on May 17, 2012

          http://www.cbpp.org/images/cms//5-10-11bud-f1.jpg

          http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2006/01/19/3265/flashback-bush-not-concerned-about-bin-laden/?mobile=nc

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_Ledbetter_Fair_Pay_Act_of_2009

          Did I miss any?
          And did I miss where you offered your proposed solution?
          Ohhhhh…but *we're* the stoners…

  5. 2

    Coyote said on May 11, 2012

    Why the fuck would you vote for Mitt Romney when he does no even tell anybody how he makes his money. What a fucking joke. I would suggest everybody on this site to watch the documentary "Inside Job" before you think about who you are voting for. At-least watch the trailer on YouTube.

  6. 1

    said on May 11, 2012

    This is pretty much how I feel every election year: http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/71686/turd_or_douche/

  7. 4

    XJ13 said on May 11, 2012

    as long as we have canidates who are oblivious to the issues directly effecting american citizens and tax payers we will always be in the state we are in now where the states have to take the role in management and discision making of medical marijuana and then to just have the goverment come in and over ride the laws the people have voted for its truly insane all i have 2 say is RON PAUL for president

  8. 4

    dayzaway99 said on May 12, 2012

    I already knew about this guy and i saw the video where he blows off the patient in a wheelchair. Mitt romney is a class ass Grade A piece of shit. This guy would Do away with medical marijuana for good. Fuck this inbred Mormon bitch. Burn in hell mitt romney fuck you

  9. 2

    dayzaway99 said on May 12, 2012

    Dont bad talk obama he hasnt waged war on medical marijuana he just shut down the ones near schools most of you dont know how out of control collectives are in california when you got over 50 in each city. Obama is just keeping it from erupting and becoming a nusisiance. Mitt Romney would completely do away with medical marijuana and make it the same penalty as cocaine. Believe me we have it good right now with obama keep NWO in power we dont know who the fuck is backing romney that douche bag mormon piece of shit. i'll piss in his face

  10. 1

    Globalinfo said on May 12, 2012

    Looks like Big Pharmas Asshole right there. What a mother fucker,

    RON PAUL 2012 = Ron Paul 2012 – ron paul 2012

  11. 0

    dallas said on May 17, 2012

    Romney up big in the polls today.

  12. 0

    100miles said on May 24, 2012

    JackDanieL you have no fucking clue. You are totally delusional. Obama is a liar and a puppet, don't believe the garbage you read about the "changes" he has made because there hasn't been any. All of your links and useless info are just making you look even dumber. You are probably just some black kid who wants to keep your useless half black president. Voting is pointless in America because all of your choices are always shit. It's like hmm should I choose doomed or more doomed. Politics are not the way, they are ruining the world. No one wants to hear your stupid facts because they don't translate in the real world you moron.

  13. 1

    Elvers said on May 31, 2012

    Romney's an ass!! when he can stand there talking to the guy in a wheelchair and the man tell's him he has to use medical marijuana for his condition and ass hole!!! tell's him he won't support it or him because he won't accept it.! He's a dip stick.!!! never call a man a prick especially Romney,!! that's the better part of a man.!!!!

  14. 0

    2ThaDome said on Jun 1, 2012

    @jackdaniel its not the governments job to give you free healthcare or free anything, you think he was doing you a favor by doing that? Its all coming from the taxpayers taxes and the federal reserve, obama didnt put his earnings into it. It'll fuck you over too when they demand you take one their mercury filled vaccines or if they decide you dont get the operation or treatment you need, thats the down side of government run healthcare. If the "government" (more like mafia style mob owned and operated by foreign mega banks such as goldmansachs and the federal reserve) wasnt strangling the american people with so many laws restrictions and regulations we'd be more prosperous and wealthy to the point where we could all afford health coverage!! And have you even heard of the National Deffense Authorization Act or the National Deffense Resources preparedness order he put into effect that basically gives him the power to declare martial law? Ya its a pretty big violation of the constitution

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    2ThaDome said on Jun 1, 2012

    Point is if the american people back in 1913 took a stand when the federal reserve and irs were estabilished and abolished it, foreign entities couldn't have had the chance to change our policies and cripple our once free republic. And voting wont help either, we dont even have democracy left in this country when was the last time you got to vote on a war or on such horrible legislation like the patriot act or obamacare? You dont get the chance to bcuz the people who own this country make all the rules. People have returned to the statuses of surfs, and kings/rulers/oligarchs. What it comes down to is that america was intended to be free of tyrannical government and if you want to be ruled and live in a socialist or fascist or what ever other kind of society you want thats fine go find it. But dont bring that shit here it doesnt work look at history. Empires never last, we're building up just to bring it back down like linkin parks new songs states.

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