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Marco Rubio would crack down on states with legal marijuana

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the RedState Gathering Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the RedState Gathering Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republicans tend to support states’ rights, but when it comes to marijuana legalization, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has vowed to make an exception.

Much like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rubio would enforce federal law and crack down on marijuana users in states which have legalized recreational use.

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press last Sunday, Rubio was asked about states legalizing marijuana.

“I believe the federal government needs to enforce federal law,” Rubio said.

Like many drug warriors, Rubio uses a “think of the children” argument, and remains in favor of prohibiting drugs so as not to send a message that drugs aren’t harmful.

Other candidates, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, oppose legalization, but refrain from saying they would enforce federal law in states that have legalized it.

Rand Paul is the most open to legalization, but has not called for a federal law legalizing recreational use.


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