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Watch: McCain Says 'Maybe We Should Legalize' Marijuana, Cites Economics and Mexican Cartels
|Contributor||Homegrown Democrat |
|Last Edited||Homegrown Democrat Sep 07, 2013 01:09pm|
|Media||Magazine - US News and World Report|
|News Date||Friday, September 6, 2013 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told attendees of a Tucson town hall meeting Thursday that the United States might want to legalize marijuana. |
McCain made the relatively unprompted call for drug policy reform when an attendee asked why the U.S. should intervene in Syria's civil war, but not in Mexico, where drug cartels are locked in a deadly conflict with the government and each other.
The 2008 GOP presidential nominee then launched into a lesson about economics to explain drug smuggling and said he was open to legalizing marijuana.
"Let me just say what's going on in Mexico, in my view, to some degree, is our responsibility... because we're creating a demand for drugs in this country and when there's a demand, there's going to be a supply," McCain said.
"Legalize it!" some crowd members mumbled.
"Well, maybe we should legalize it," he responded, "we are certainly moving that way so far as marijuana is concerned, but I will respect the will of the people."
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