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September 3, 2015

Harry Reid Evolves on Marijuana

Majority Leader Harry Reid’s position on legalizing medical marijuana has evolved.

The Nevada Democrat told the Las Vegas Sun’s Karoun Demirjian in an interview Thursday that his views on legalizing medical marijuana have changed.

“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff,” Reid told the Sun. “But I can’t say that anymore.”

“I think we need to take a real close look at this,” Reid went on. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana.”

When the topic was broached in the interview, Reid, who is a Mormon, quipped, “I’ve never tried it.”

But he described people he knew who had been helped by the drug, including the son of a Las Vegas elected official with kidney failure.

Reid demurred when asked about broader legalization.

But he questioned the value of prosecuting marijuana users.

“I guarantee you one thing,” Reid said. “We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.”

While Reid has evolved, not all of his colleagues agree. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ripped the Obama administration for mixed messages on enforcing the law in states like Colorado, which has legalized the drug.

“Law enforcement officers in Iowa are reporting increases in marijuana coming to Iowa from Colorado,” he said. “The Obama Administration’s decision not to prioritize the prosecution of the large-scale trafficking and sale of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado will contribute to these problems. …I appreciate the challenges facing law enforcement in dealing with the mixed messages on marijuana being sent by the Obama Administration and some states.”

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    Jan. 17, 2014
    6:41 a.m.

    Which country has the most people in prison?

    You might think China, with over a billion people, a restrictive government, or Soviets, still imprisoned in Russia.

    The United States has the most people in prison, by far, of any country
    in the world. With five percent of the world’s population, we have 25%
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    10:57 a.m.

    The real mixed message here is given by Grassley, a so-called small government fiscal conservative towards a federally aggressive liberal (Obama). I thought conservatives backed states rights, yet here he is demanding the federal government crush states rights?! If true small government, fiscal conservative constituents demanded that conservative republicans act like a small government fiscal conservative or they won’t get their votes, maybe we’d get both sides’ attention toward the Constitution of the United States, and the intention of the drafters, which is LIMITED government. I still can’t understand why no one is making an issue out of the fact that the war on drugs is socialism?

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    10:08 p.m.

    Since Obama now thinks that pot is no worse than alcohol, perhaps he could call off his drug warriors, who are still arresting and jailing people for possession. It’s not enough just to talk — a problem with Obama in many areas of concern.

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