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Huckabee: Why support states’ rights on marijuana but not on marriage?

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

DES MOINES, Iowa, October 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is once again pointing out hypocrisy in the liberal camp. 

The former Arkansas governor "is open" to medical use of marijuana but opposes legalizing the drug for recreational purposes. In defending his position, he noted the inconsistency of those who support states' rights for pot but do not support states' rights for same-sex "marriage."

In an interview with KCCI-TV, Huckabee made a pointed comment: "How come liberals are okay with not keeping the federal law when it comes to the marijuana laws, and it's okay for the states to ignore it, but if it comes to a county clerk in Kentucky who doesn't believe that she can abide by a federal court ruling, not even a law, then she goes to jail?"

Huckabee continued, "Do you see where conservatives – sometimes their heads explode because they say, 'Boy, there's one set of rules for people on the left and a total different set of rules for people on the right'?"

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The presidential hopeful posted on Facebook a Columbia University study of fatal car crashes, which found that 12 percent of the drivers tested positive for marijuana. On March 13, 2014, he posted tax revenue from pot sales and concluded, "What is a young person supposed to think when the state says, 'Don't do drugs…even though everyone around you is…and the same authority figures who tell you it's bad not only condone it, but are also making a big profit off it'?"

In the Iowa TV interview, Huckabee argued, "Does it make you a better worker? Does it make you a better mom or dad? A better citizen? Does it make you a more attentive driver? If there's a benefit to it – and there may be medically, if your doctor prescribes certain uses of it, then I'm open to that."

As far as marijuana for medicinal purposes, Huckabee said that is a "different discussion," but the way to go about it would be to change the laws, not break them.

The former pastor's position on marijuana has remained consistent. "I'm not one that's in favor of simply creating a whole new avenue for people to engage in a drug that we have at least deemed until now to be illegal," Huckabee said in 2007. He explained that he opposes "enlarging the number of drugs people have, particularly if there's a chance for abuse."

Huckabee believes that states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, such as Colorado and Washington, will reap negative consequences. "Let's let Colorado have at it for a few years, and let's see how that works out for them," he said to KCCI-TV.

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