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Out-going Iowa GOP chairman says marijuana should be legalized



This news story was published on March 22, 2014.
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AJ Spiker of the GOP (Photo from the Iowa GOP facebook page)

AJ Spiker of the GOP
(Photo from the Iowa GOP facebook page)

NIT – “Quite simply, it’s time to allow doctors and patients to use medical marijuana if they determine it is the best course of treatment.”

Those were just some of the words uttered by out-going Iowa Republican Party Chairman AJ Spiker in an opinion piece published Saturday in the Des Moines Register.

The Republican party – and to a lesser extent, Democrats – has fought the legalization of marijuana for years, despite a strong majority of the public who, in polls, say they want it at least made available for medical purposes and almost as often, for recreational use.

hemp marijuanaAdmitting that he “didn’t fully understand the issue”, Spiker said that “there is no wrong in admitting we’ve made a mistake. The wrong exists in knowing we’ve made a mistake and refusing to admit it.

“I’ve never smoked marijuana,” Spiker continued, and “I’ve never gone to medical school either. I have no knowledge to tell a doctor or a cancer patient which treatments they should use and which should be forbidden.

“It is time to allow the use of medical marijuana,” Spiker concluded.

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15 Responses to Out-going Iowa GOP chairman says marijuana should be legalized

  1. maybe Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

    These same people that are thinking of legalizing medical pot are also thinking of limiting magazines for weapons to 7 rounds, they are not right in the head, HF163.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

      @maybe-I am going to disagree with you on the medical marijuana. To me it is no different than any of the other drugs you can get with a prescription. Some help with some things and some with others. If medical marijuana helps some people relieve the pain then I am for it. Recreational I am against and always will be. The states that have passed it are already having hell controlling the pot heads that think they can drive or work after using it.

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        March 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

        You miss understood my statement, sure I used medical pot as an example but my point was these same people are trying to pass the same laws that new York has with the magazine limits.

  2. sigsaur69 Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 12:48 am

    The only thing is that pot would be better for me than all the pain meds. I am a disabiled veteran.

    • Bro Science Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Many vets would like to use it for PTSD.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

      @Sigsaur-Medical marijuana is O.k> and should be allowed as long as it is done by a doctor and that is what he is saying. Recreational should not be legalized as we have enough stupid people running around without creating more pot heads. like Bro Science.

  3. Cretin Hall Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2014 at 12:36 am

    That’s all we need is ganja smokers roaming with cops helpless to arrest them. I say lock ’em all up.

    • Bro Science Reply Report comment

      March 23, 2014 at 2:43 am

      That’s a good idea, lets lock up all the helpless cops.

  4. Iowaviking5 Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, maybe there is hope after all for this state. Too bad he did not speak up sooner.

  5. maybe Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Yep, Iowa sucks it is.

    • Big Country Reply Report comment

      March 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      @Maybe I hope your wrong on that, I thought Sucks was busy turning in his man card.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        March 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

        @Big Country-I don’t think sucks or DICK is a man. Her real name is Tonya.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          March 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

          Now that makes sense, does she have 4 kids on welfare and each kid has a different father? Just curious.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          March 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

          @maybe-Probably

  6. Philosophus Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    This is a respectable position. Proves the issue is beyond partisan politics. Kudos to this man for standing up for the truth.