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Conservative Conference-Goers Support Legal Marijuana

Shocking as it may be, a majority of attendees at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference actually support the legalization of marijuana.

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By Bryan Le

03/10/14

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The Huffington Post asked attendees of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and found that a majority - many of whom displayed their libertarianism with "Stand with Rand" shirts - supported the legalization of marijuana, with many freely admitting to smoking pot. This may surprise some, but the results are consistent with the still-climbing numbers of U.S. citizens who support legal pot.

The reasons given at the CPAC for legalization ranged from imprisoning fewer non-violent criminals, revenue boosts from taxes, and "because freedom." See some of the answer's to The Huffington Post's questions below:

Stephen Duke

Do you support decriminalization? "I support the legalization of marijuana because I recognize that [current drug policy is] simply not working. It's a pretty racist policy. We see minorities being locked up for marijuana possession at an exorbitant rate compared to white males. I also think from an economic standpoint, it doesn't make sense to arrest these folks and spend all this money in law enforcement focusing on something that has been proven to be less dangerous than alcohol."

Have you ever smoked weed? "Yes."

Jeff Feiwel

Do you support decriminalization? "Yeah, I do. I think it could be profitable when it's taxed. Also, our criminal system has enough people incarcerated in it. I really don't think people should go to jail for smoking a joint."

Have you ever smoked weed? "Yeah."

James McNeil

Do you support decriminalization? "I think it's just like any other drug. It just needs to be monitored. I don't see any problem with it."

Have you ever smoked weed? "Yeah, everyone has. Anyone who says otherwise is lying."

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