Sen. John McCain: ‘States Should Decide’ Pot Legalization

While Arizona voters are getting ready to decide pot legalization, Senator John McCain told Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie at the Values Voters Summit in Washington that the issue should be decided at the state level. McCain reiterated his opposition to marijuana as a recreational substance, but stressed he “always believed the states should decide.”


McCain has called for a national conversation on not only pot but illegal drugs in general and our criminal justice system.

“My urging is that this country engage in a conversation about drugs, about the punishment for drugs,” McCain added. “A huge percentage of the people in prison today are drug related crimes. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, but I am saying that we need to have a national conversation.”


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