The Corner

Called Out on Marijuana

The Marijuana Policy Project calls some Republican candidates out.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Days before the first presidential caucuses in a medical marijuana state, the Marijuana Policy Project today doubled its offer to presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney to back up their statements opposing medical marijuana with scientific evidence. If any of the candidates can prove his statements are true, MPP will donate the legal maximum of $10,000 to his campaign ($5,000 for the primaries, $5,000 for the general election), plus an additional $10,000 donation to the candidate’s favorite charity.

MPP’s original offer of $10,000 for the campaigns was made Dec. 6 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“In responding to questions from patients who have benefited from medical marijuana, Giuliani, McCain and Romney have all made claims that are patently false,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. “When appeals to science, compassion and common sense didn’t work, we offered $10,000 to the campaign that could back up the claim that medical marijuana isn’t needed or is too dangerous. The fact that not one of these candidates has yet to offer any proof indicates they know they’re lying. Patients in Nevada and the 11 other medical marijuana states deserve a real ‘straight talk express,’ not political flimflam.”

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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