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: