Election 2012

Michael Dukakis On Pot And California

|

CHARLOTTE—He doesn't support legalizing marijuana, but former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis is open to medical marijuana. He's pretty excited about the direction California is headed in, too.

In an interview with Reason and other press members, Dukakis was baffled by the Obama administration's drug policy, particularly its handling of medical marijuana dispensaries.

"I don't understand what the hell is going on out there. We have a federal law that says that if you have a substance that is or could be addicting but may have medical value you do clinical trials," said Dukakis, who was defeated by George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential race. "You determine first and foremost if it does have medical value; and if that's the case doctors, nurses and other authorized medical professionals can prescribe it. But we've never done that with marijuana." 

Dukakis thinks Obama should have acted immediately after he took office to sort out the patchwork of state regulations.

"What I don't understand is why the administration didn't move immediately to change that classification, get clinical trials going, and tell us definitely does it have medical value. Instead you have 12 states, 14 states, 16 states legislating in violation of federal law," he said.

Dukakis snickered about federal raids on dispensaries in Los Angeles and around the UCLA campus.

"When I left UCLA there were thousands of so-called dispensaries in Los Angeles, give me a break. These were not dispensaries," he said.

California may have its problems with medical marijuana and, well, money but Dukakis likes what he is seeing in the state.

"I like what's happening in California politically," he said. "I wish somehow that great state could deal with its fiscal problems, beause it's a great place with great people."

NEXT: A Choice Between Two Different Futures? Or a Choice Between Two Different Parties?

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. So the Duke can still draw more than one reporter? There’s hope for older men!

    1. Most people don’t realize that the Duke basically lost the election because of that picture. Yeah, there was the Kitty rape thingy which was terrible, but I remember the Boston Globe reporting about that picture as if their favorite son had just done the absolute dumbest non-Bostonian thing possible on a national stage and was no longer one of us.

      You’re dead to me now Duke.

  2. Dukakis wants the Feds to tell the states once and for all whether medical marijuana is medical. What’s in it for Obama?

  3. “I like what’s happening in California politically,” he said. “I wish somehow that great state could deal with its fiscal problems, beause it’s a great place with great people.”

    Fucking cause and effect- how does it work?

  4. Dukakis was once governor of Massachusetts wasn’t he? Don’t they have some kind of baseball team in that state?

    1. Yes. The Lowell Spinners.

    2. North Adams SteepleCats, Holyoke Blue Sox, New Bedford Bay Sox, and one other Sox team I forget.

      1. No dude, the Paw Sox are in Rhode Island.

  5. I’m pretty excited about the direction California is headed too – since I’ll enjoy watching the state go bankrupt in an orgy of rioting and victimhood.

    1. I have my can of Lake City M855….

      1. ONE can? Get some mo.

  6. Michael Dukakis demonstrates again what a candy ass pussy he is.

    Seriously, WTF does he have to lose by embracing legalization. Yet, he’s too afraid to do it.

  7. Of course Dukakis would favor some drug reform. After those mandatory minimums Kitty had to serve for her methamphetamine addiction….oh wait.

  8. What a fokin’ tool. Massholechussets sure can pick ’em.

    1. Have you read the transcript of Herr Comrade Warren’s speech?

      Damn, Imma gonna steer clear of Boston in my travels for the foreseeable future.

      Any state that that thing has a chance of being a senator in is a state to avoid, fer sure.

  9. My understanding is that we have evolved cannabinoid receptors and that our body itself produces cannabinoids for these receptors.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…..nnabinoids

    I don’t understand–even by Dukakis’ logic–why anyone should have to do trials to prove the efficacy of a substance that our bodies produce.

    “What I don’t understand is why the administration didn’t move immediately to change that classification, get clinical trials going, and tell us definitely does it have medical value.

    How could something our bodies produce for receptors we’ve evolved for the purpose not have any medical value? Why do they need trials for that?

    1. Not only that, but our bodies produce chemicals that are clearly analogues of illegal chemicals. Which, if you’re keeping score, makes the water solution sloshing around your skull illegal.

      Heavy shit, man.

    2. How could something our bodies produce for receptors we’ve evolved for the purpose not have any medical value? Why do they need trials for that?

      I’m still trying to find that part of the constitution that lets them put me in jail for ingesting things that don’t have “medical value” as judged by their bureaucrats.

      1. Well there’s that, too, but even if you say it has to have some medical value, how can the government overrule the medical value of a chemical our bodies produce for medical reasons?

  10. What a tool.

    Of course he can’t just come out and say it should be legal.

    Ignorance is strength

  11. IMO, The biggest hypocrites in all politics, worse than closeted gay-bashers, are democrats who support the right to abortion.

    Oops I mean, the biggest hypocrites in the HISTORY of politics.

    1. word.

      because body autonomy, privacy, and control are PARAMOUNT and constitutionally protected… when it comes to aborting a fetus but not when it comes to the contents of our bloodstreams

  12. I like what’s happening in California politically,” he said. “I wish somehow that great state could deal with its fiscal problems, beause it’s a great place with great people.

    Because CA’s fiscal problems have nothing whatsoever to do with “what’s happening in California politically.”

    *waves hand*

    They’re completely unrelated.

  13. Where’s Donnie?
    Vote For Dukakis.
    Frank was here
    Went to get beer.

  14. Another democrat who only sees a healthcare angle with Marijuana. I know I’m all tingly.

  15. “In April I drove to work and I forgot to put my seat belt on, and I was pulled over by police. Of course, they had no idea who I was because I drive this really shitty car, and they didn’t believe that I was the governor’s wife in this shitty car. And I was driving myself, because of course, governor’s wives only get security when we’re with our husbands. We’re pretty second-class without them

    Holy Jesus tapdancing mother fucking keerist on a cracker with cheese on top. Did she just say what I think she just said?

    That when she’s not with her husband, she’s little people, and only little people get pulled over for seat belt violations?

    It’s time to get out the torches, pitch forks, table legs and storm the goddamned castle.

  16. More preferable alt-text

    “They see me rollin, them voterz hatin”

    1. “Do you have a prescription for that marijuana?”

  17. Finally, more officials into legalizing marijuana. Dukakis, I didn’t like you before, but now you’re growing on me. Do something about equal rights for gay and I’m all yours. They need it now more than ever: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/…..y-luggage/

    Can’t even take a flight without getting harassed, that’s just sad in this day and age…

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.