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Rubio Not in Favor of Recreational Weed or Other Drugs--Outside of Alcohol

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Thursday he’s opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, tying the drug to the negative effects associated with alcohol abuse. He said people ask him why, since he’s younger than other presidential candidates, he isn’t in favor of legalizing marijuana.

    “And I say, well, because this country already pays a terrible price for the abuse of alcohol,” Mr. Rubio said at a campaign event in South Carolina. “We’re not going to outlaw alcohol. We’re not going to ban it. It’s part of our culture. It’s ingrained in our society — that’s not a realistic proposal. But no one can tell me that alcohol’s had a positive impact on society,” he said. “It destroys marriages and lives, it kills people … and now you want to add another intoxicant and make it legal?”

    Mr. Rubio had been asked what he would do about drug use in the country.

    “There’s no positive impact to using marijuana,” he said. “Now, if there’s a medicinal use — if you can go to the FDA and prove that it helps with medicine, that’s fine. Then turn it into medicine.”

    He also pointed to heroin and prescription drug abuse, and called for greater awareness of what an opiate is, pushing pharmaceutical companies to develop better pain medications so people don’t become dependent on them, treating addiction as a disease, and securing the border to help combat the flow of drugs into the country.

    “There is no responsible way to use cocaine,” he said. “There is no responsible way to smoke marijuana repeatedly. There’s nothing good about it. [if=""] there’s a medicinal use, go through the FDA process.”

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Post/Feb. 11, 2016
    Newshawk Crew[/if]

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. tatittle
    So guns dont kill people, people kill people. But people dont destroy marriages etc., alcohol does. So nice to see consistent principles and logic...arent politicans great?

    This is the state we're in after dismantling the Constitution...we now have to "prove" to the FDA something has medicinal value before it can be possessed or consumed. Im certain that things like patents and profits wont affect that process at all. Maybe we could have a hotline akin to 911 where subjects (formerly known as citizens) can inquire about what choices are prudent per the govts one size fits all actuarial tables.
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