Senator John McCain: “Maybe We Should Legalize” Marijuana

mccain1Speaking at a town hall meeting yesterday in Arizona, Republican Senator John McCain said something which, when I read it, stunned me a little bit.

While he talked about a wide variety of topics, the issue of legalizing marijuana was brought up and McCain had some surprising words:

“Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people.”

Which for some reason I just never saw coming.

And while I don’t always agree with John McCain, there’s one part of his statement I do agree with and that’s “the will of the people.”  Not the will of his state or party leaders—but the will of the people.

He’s absolutely right.  Polls show that more Americans are supporting the end of prohibition against marijuana, and calling for it to be fully legal in the United States.  Especially as it relates to medical purposes.

While states like Washington and Colorado have already passed laws which mostly decriminalize marijuana — and some other states are looking to follow their example — many other states in which citizens are beginning to favor legalization still have lawmakers who strongly oppose any such action.

Heck, even President Obama has been extremely inflexible when it comes to policy changes concerning how marijuana is handled at the federal level.

Though recently, the Department of Justice has said that they will review how they prosecute those caught with marijuana, in a sign that maybe the Federal Government is slowly beginning to do as Senator McCain alluded to—listen to the “will of the people.”  Although, as many people can confirm, this is a tune the DOJ has sung before; only to backtrack and continue with their raids against medical marijuana.  Only time will tell if they truly mean what they say this time.

And no matter which side of the argument you lie on — for legalization or against — it’s undeniable that the tide is definitely shifting away from staunch opposition to the legalization of marijuana.  Far more Americans support legalization now than those who did 10, 20 or 30 years ago.

So while there’s still a long way to go for those who believe marijuana should be legal (a battle I’m sure they’re willing to keep fighting), unlikely comments such at those from Senator John McCain are a clear indication that sentiment towards full federal legalization is there and growing.

It’s just a matter of time before, at least in some capacity, marijuana will be legal in every state — and federal law enforcement agencies will stop wasting billions of dollars prosecuting and jailing “criminals” who choose to smoke, eat or otherwise consume a plant.

Because that’s what this really comes down to.  Americans being treated as “criminals” for smoking, vaporizing or eating something that could technically be grown in their own backyards with a handful of seeds.  We’re not talking about the legalization of cocaine, heroin, meth or some other chemically-infused and altered substance.

We’re talking about the legalization of a plant.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Fruu Tee

    Wow, that John McCain’s sure is something..

  • Logic

    John McCain said he respects the will of the people now?? THANK GOD, that means he would stop voting against everything Obama does, and actually does some good, and doesn’t contradict everything that 98% of Americans believe. This is Great news!!!!……….. -_-

    • Diana Sunshine Wulf

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      prohibition is unconstitutional, because there has been no amendment to
      the U.S. Constitution regarding Cannabis, LIKE THERE WAS WITH ALCOHOL
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  • Matthew Reece

    If McCain respected the will of the people, he would not be advocating for war with Syria.

    • duif73

      This is a gimmick to sidetrack his detractors over the war…nothing more nothing less… get some support from those who will be swayed by this rubbish… then later vote against it anyway…

  • Rickey Miller

    He says, “OK, anything you want!!! Just let me have this war!!! You get your smoke!! I get my bombs!!! and ships and planes and rifles and bullets and blood and more blood!!! There!!! Take your Weed!! It’s War I Need!!”

  • Pipercat

    He must be making day trips to Colorado….

  • karen

    I live in Colorado where all the legalization of marijuana was supposed to provide money for our schools. Well guess what? So far we have seen no money for the schools but we have seen a big chunk of our legislatures time and money being wasted while they have to argue and try and decide what amount to tax for recreational pot. This isn’t all about medical marijuana being used responsibly. It’s a bunch of brain dead pot heads gathered in city park demonstrating and smoking in public which is still illegal in Colorado. Believe me when I tell you that this isn’t the happy pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    • Sam Brosenberg

      Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    • duif73

      The supposed brain dead demonstrating pot smokers may be the ones who save the US as they also think about all the rubbish that is unbelievable such as Monsanto and the need to bomb Syria to save Syria..

    • haikukitteh

      It really doesn’t matter. It should never have been illegal and people’s lives shouldn’t be ruined by jail terms in “the land of the free” for choosing to partake of a god-given plant. No matter where the money goes.

      Yes, the government would be better served by taxing the sale of marijuana instead of wasting money prosecuting non-criminals, but the money really isn’t the point.

  • Daniel

    I don’t buy into this, at all.

  • Walter White

    You know what’s kinda fruity to me, is that they seem so intractable when it comes to switching from “spending gazillions of dollars finding and prosecuting couch-locked stoners” to “making gazillions of tax dollars from couch-locked stoners.”

  • Florida Squeezed

    This is a key point in his strategy to not seem like a total war-pig and keep everybody focused on hating the President… Besides, ending prohibition on alcohol panned out nicely for his family fortune.

  • bill Bixler

    Holder stepped back on Washington and Colorado. I consider that a good sign from the administration.