Sen. Ted Cruz: Legal Pot Users In Colorado Should Still Be Jailed
Even though marijuana is now legal for adults in Colorado, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz still wants people to go to jail for smoking it. Cruz slammed Obama for not doing more about the issue because while the state law allows for marijuana to be smoked, it is still technically forbidden by federal law. The Department of Justice announced last August that it would not target any arrests for adults who used marijuana in compliance with state law.
Speaking at at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation, Cruz suggested continuing to imprison marijuana smokers until the federal law is changed. “You can go to Congress, you can get a conversation … this President didn’t do that,” he said. “He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.’”
Of course, it’s safe to say that Cruz is not a fan of anything that Obama does. He has defended his father’s claims that the President rules America “just like a dictator” and should be sent back to Kenya. He has also supported his father’s beliefs that the goal of same-sex marriage is to “destroy” traditional families and God.
This all culminated in 20 Democratic politicians literally cornering him on a private flight last month to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. I mean it was a very good conversation, nothing negative,” said Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings to the Baltimore Sun. “I know he got an earful for 20 hours out, and he’s going to get another earful for 20 hours on the way back.”