John McCain: "Maybe We Should Legalize" Marijuana
Senator John McCain appears to be down with marijuana legalization.
Hey, instead of a legacy as the guy who was always trying to send the country's military to some country you've never heard of, how about a legacy as the guy who spearheaded marijuana prohibition?
Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller attended one of McCain's town hall meetings yesterday in Tucson, and here's what he came back with:
McCain: "Maybe we should legalize. We're certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people"— Tim Steller (@senyorreporter) September 5, 2013
Steller later indicated on Twitter that McCain "seemed sincere. In fact, he repeated the statement to another reporter afterward. It's a low-risk position."
That certainly seems like an unexpected thing to hear from McCain, especially to the marijuana advocates who are convinced that the alcohol industry -- to which McCain has family ties -- is what keeps marijuana illegal.
McCain's statement is also good timing for cannabis-legalization advocates here, as petition-gatherers are still trying to get the issue on Arizona ballots in 2014.
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