Donald Trump Switches His Views On Drugs, Again

By McCarton Ackerman 11/02/15

Who knows where The Donald stands on drugs, or anything else.

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Donald Trump has once again switched his views on marijuana, this time by softening his stance on the subject and supporting legalization at a state-by-state level.

The Republican presidential hopeful confirmed his position on the subject this week while at a political rally outside of a casino in Reno, Nevada. He also urged the government to use Colorado’s legalization of marijuana as a litmus test to analyze the benefits and dangers of this approach.

"I think medical should happen—right? Don't we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states,” said Trump. "And of course you have Colorado. And I love Colorado and the people are great, but there's a question as to how it's all working out there. That's not going exactly trouble-free. So I really think that we should study Colorado, see what's happening."

Trump, who has openly stated that he doesn’t drink and has never used drugs, has long been a supporter of medical marijuana. However, he firmly opposed legalization as recently as this June.

"I say it's bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it's bad, and I feel strongly about it,” he said during the CPAC Conference. "If [Colorado] votes for it, they vote for it. But, you know, they have got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado. Some big problems."

His stance on the subject remains a far cry from his position on drugs decade ago. In 1990, he said during a luncheon in Florida that the United States should legalize all drugs and use the funds from sales to educate people on the dangers of drug use.

"We're losing badly the war on drugs," he said during the luncheon. "You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.