John McCain: "Maybe We Should Legalize" Marijuana

mj-bud-plant-top.jpg
Bob Doran via Flickr


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?

See also:
-Haunted by Spirits

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:


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.

Send feedback and tips to the author.
Follow Matthew Hendley on Twitter at @MatthewHendley.




Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
84 comments
budsan
budsan

Personal I think that anybody that loves and promotes wars and killings as much as John McCain does, is already smoking dope

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

You folks forget that John McCain was against drug legalization in this state in the nineties. Cindy McCain chairs one of the largest alcohol distribution firms in the country.

James Wasil
James Wasil

Retarded pot head fucks. I'm unliking this stupid company's facebook page. Faggots

Danny Virgil
Danny Virgil

good 'ol war monger McCain. time for the grey haired ones to get on with dying.

Justin Heer
Justin Heer

Legalize it don't criticize it and I'll advertise it...

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Of course he wants to legalize now. They need more taxes for a war with Syria.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Well, finally he's in sync with Meghan about something!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

If McCain was serious, why not bring a proposal to the Controlled Substances Act removing  marijuana to the Senate floor?

He might be able to do something worthwhile while he's in the Senate.

YUPPERZ
YUPPERZ

McCain is only saying this because he intends to run for POTUS in 2016

HotRock SupaJoint
HotRock SupaJoint

Arizona needs a senator that says "yes we should legalize marijuana" instead of one that says "maybe we should legalize marijuana".

slappy
slappy

McCain's current strategy is to promise the public marijuana, and maybe the publice will allow him to wage war. 

Nancy Believes
Nancy Believes

by his actions lately, I'd say hes already smokin

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

WELL MAYBE MCCAIN NEEDS TO PUT UP THE GODDAM FENCE HE LIED THROUGH HIST TEETH ABOUT!!! HE'S A GODDAM CLOSET LIBERAL THAT DONT' MEAN WHAT HE SAYS AND DONT' SURPRISE ME ONE BIT HE WANTS TO LEGALIZE DRUGS. I'M DAM SURE THE MEXICAN MAFIA WOULD LOVE THAT. 

Diane Molloy
Diane Molloy

So in other words he's a Republican. Tell us something we don't already know.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

Even morons can wise up eventually. This seems to be a case in point.


dtmac
dtmac

Hey New Times, How about a story about the 25 mile lawsuit filed in Superior Court? How about a story on Will Humble giving licenses to dispensaries to make edibles and infused drinks, and then saying that all extracts and concentrates are illegal? 

dtmac
dtmac

So now Sen. McCain is more progressive on cannabis reform  than President Obama?.........Ouch, my head is going to explode.

Justin Kuffel
Justin Kuffel

McCain is a twisted old man who will tell you whatever you want to hear. He should be in a museum not a senator.

Hlgale DO
Hlgale DO

He Seems to be drifting off script so he doesn't get booted on the next election

Mike Kyle
Mike Kyle

To play Devil's Advocate here: as our congressmen, shouldn't he be expected to change his views in accordance of the people he represents?

toddhiggins2007
toddhiggins2007

to do list:

 Declare World War Three , Target greed Ignorance and self-entitlement , strategically bomb Syria and Iran and north Korea and Cuba and any other country or entity that promotes greed ignorance self-entitlement and non-compliance. exile our prisoners to any country were forced to take action against and let them rebuild a more humane and god fearing existence. recycle America, new bridges new electrical grid, tear down our rubble and defective and rebuild, Fix America First , Prioritize , a good example is the best teacher, Create accountability Build a new Society before retiring the old decrepit one we have now, Build a new Government before retiring the old decrepit one we have now, Build a new Economy before retiring the old decrepit one we have now, Build a new Educational System before retiring the old decrepit one we have now ,Build a new Judicial System before retiring the old decrepit one we have now ,prioritize people family and children...turn things around......provide jobs completing the above task.....take the elites jobs and money they have done it to the working class. build a good foundation then rebuild. reinstate common sense. create accountability. and most of all treat our cancers greed , ignorance and self-entitlement. exile our prisoners and bring back labor camps so our prisoners make us money or at least don't cost us any. secure our borders . invest in our children and education more than politics. I would use morals and common sense good leadership and with gods help I would do it with the strength of the people of the USA. I would arrest thief's and thugs not granny's smoking weed.(meaning prioritize) there are so many simple solutions to our problems but so many master debaters. GREED IGNORANCE AND SELF-ENTITLEMENT ARE THE CANCERS KILLING OUR SOCIETY all the other #$%$ slewn by the media and politicians and churches are the things they use to keep your attention elsewhere like a magicians slight of hand while you focus on their shenanigans your children and your children's children are being exploited for the 1%'s benefit because our society works well for them and they can afford to keep it that way. if they want change FIX AMERICA FIRST. its simple to do for the rich. get a Honest President to declare ww3 so they cant get rid of him before his changes take hold. go to war against GREED , IGNORANCE, SELF-ENTITLEMENT, AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS send our prisoners off to countries were at war with not our children. use our military as a border. change the charity margins so 70% goes to the charity and 30% go to the fundraisers (opposite of how it is now) invest in our children more than our prisoners. make all public office wages same as minimum wage. cap profit margins in America I don't like paying for the mistakes of others. gas prices went up after the bp oil spill because they wanted to recover their losses. our society runs the way it does because it is designed that way for the rich by the rich. there are many common sense simple ways to change things to make a better world to live in. legalize marijuana god made it man banned it, the rich cotton farmers were afraid of the hemp industry would make them poor. legalize prostitution maybe less children will get abducted. until we can prioritize correctly , have accountability , and worry about the American instead of the American dollar things will remain perverted. Anyone can find fault -- it's not a sign of anything other than moderate brain activity. It's much harder to offer creative criticism that actually improves the situation for everyone involved UNITED we stand divided we fall...there is only one race the HUMAN RACE all the divisions of political parties and skin color have demoralized this country into a sewage plant of lying stealing ignorant greedy self-entitled hypocritical idiots. the government has had far too much money power and time with far too little results. its obvious our leaders are clueless to the middle and low income families because their life is fine just the way things are now.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt  I'm NOT doubting your assertions, I'm just asking you to reference your statements if you would?  I didn't know that about Cindy McCain!  I thought after her bout with R/x Drugs that she gave UP alcohol as well.  That's why that surprises me a bit.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@launchme52  

McCain never said that he knows who the terrorists are, or that he knew who everybody who happened to be standing near him was.   He said that we, as in, "United States intelligence services" know who the terrorists are, as is demonstrated by how quickly the man in the photo was identified.

You actually make his point for him.

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@YahooSerious  

State laws would still have to be changed.  The feds can't tell the States they have to legalize something unless prohibiting it is a violation of civil rights.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@HotRock SupaJoint

Legalization takes place at the level of State legislatures, not the federal legislature.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@slappy  

The public doesn't really have any say on Syria  By the next election most will have forgotten about it.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@HILLFOLKREDNECK and just to think.... They even let people like YOU BREED!  Now THAT should be fuckin illegal...

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@HILLFOLKREDNECK Your fucking stooopid If they legalized marijuana the Mexican cartels would be out of business you dumb fuck!!!!!!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@HILLFOLKREDNECK  oh my god, you are just now starting to realize politicians lie through their teeth????? where in the hell have you been hiding?? they all lie and cater to simps like you by spouting bullshit lies that people like you gobble up. theres an old joke about lawyers that i feel is more appropriate describing politicians instead..............."how do you know when they are lying??? their mouths are moving"

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

@Diane Molloy OH SHUT THE HELL UP HE'S A CLOSET LIBERAL

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Mike Kyle  

Yes, of course, and a person who never changes his mind is the last person you'd ever want making important decisions for you.

You want somebody who will listen to reason and new information and change their minds when appropriate.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@toddhiggins2007  

Without a little white space, not many people are going to bother to read your manifesto.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jetdoc1  

If you buy Budweiser, or many other brands of beer in the Phoenix area, you're buying it from Cindy McCain.  She owns Hensley distributing.

I don't think anybody is unaware that this stance seems odd for McCain, but if you look at what he's actually said in the past, his position has always been based on the opinions of physicians and his constituents and he has consistently said that he was open to new or changing information.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@valleynative @YahooSerious  One COULD argue, that prohibiting marijuana to patients that WOULD BENEFIT from having it as a medicine. I have ALWAYS argued that Medical Marijuana is NOT a "Law & Order" issue, but moreso a "Health & Human RIGHTS" issue.  Alas, the people can ALWAYS change "State Law"!  Every 2 yrs, these people come up for election as well as States that allow Citizens to Pass Initiatives or Propositions that will change State Law.  So the sentiments across the nation and how marijuana's MUCH more Main-Stream would still hold true locally would they not since ALL POLITICS are LOCAL?

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@HILLFOLKREDNECK  I'll give you THAT one.  He IS a "RINO", no doubt.  But cannabis shouldn't be a "Political Issue" in the first place! There's too much evidence showing it's "medicinal efficacy"

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@HILLFOLKREDNECK nope. he's a tried and true politician............flip-flop, flip-flop, flip-flop

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative Has he publicly changed his mind about having Palin as VP?  Until then, he's just changing his mind for political winds!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows

Your statement makes absolutely no sense.  The fact that he might remain wrong about one decision doesn't have anything to do with his changing his mind on others.

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...